The school of computing at DIT will be running a one day workshop on computer game design for second level students and it will take place on Saturday 24th November. Ernest Adams will once again be in town to run the workshop.



Last years workshop was attended by over 100 students from more than 11 secondary schools.

The workshop which is sponsored by the DIT, The Irish Computer Society and Microsoft Ireland is hosted by games industry guru Ernest Adams. Ernest Adams is a freelance game designer, writer, and teacher, working with the International Hobo Design Group. He has been in the game industry since 1989, and is the author of three books, including the university-level textbook “Fundamentals of Game Design” with Andrew Rollings. Ernest was most recently employed as a lead designer at Bullfrog Productions on the Dungeon Keeper series, and for several years before that was the audio/video producer on the Madden NFL Football line for Electronic Arts. Ernest is also the founder and first chairman of the International Game Developers’ Association.

This is a day-long exploration of the basics of the craft of game design, covering core mechanics, gameplay, user interface design, concept art, level design, and even a small story. It begins with a lecture, then challenges you to apply what you’ve learned to flesh out a new game design concept. The classes will then be divided the into teams and each team will work on a different game idea. At the end of the day, you’ll present your results to the group and we’ll discuss how they came out. Everything is supplied and there are no pre-requisites, all you need is a love of games!

Participation in the the day is FREE (but space is limited so apply early) and all participations will receive lunch and a DIT tee-shirt. We will also be raffeling 3 XBOX 360’s and loads of XBOX 360 games!

To reserve a place for you or your class, please contact Hugh McAtamney:

Phone: + 353 1 4023282

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