Gaming students at Techmix 1CONEL Gaming Students at the Techmix Digital Careers Show

CONEL Animation and Games Design Level 3 students, Nathan Flint and Tom Heintz impressed onlookers and industry professionals alike at the Techmix Digital Careers Show, which took place at the Roundhouse in Camden this week (23 February 2016). The students had been set a challenge to make a playable web-based stealth game in just one day. To add to the challenge they had to work in front of a live audience.

Taking the time to explain the process to prospective students and industry experts the two students worked diligently to create ‘Clandestine’. The game pits the player against a squad of demented robots who are hell-bent on destroying the Earth, and uses a new stealth mechanic developed by the two students specifically for this game.

Tom Heintz explained his love of his course: “I’ve made great friends and Connections at CONEL. I get to work with people who have similar interests to me and I’m doing something I enjoy. I taught myself a lot about animation before I came to the College. I love the freedom animation gives me to express my ideas.”

Nathan Flint described why it is that he is so passionate about Games design: “It’s an opportunity to tell a story through a games environment. I enjoy games with stories, especially ones where the story development is an essential part of the gameplay.”

Games and Animation tutor Dr Gareth Healey, who also attended the Digital Careers Event with his students, said: “‘Clandestine’ was developed in front of an ever changing audience of over 1200 guests and 70 industry professionals. The game was constructed across 10 hours with delighted observers seeing the process behind games production at its various stages. It is the first ‘Live Game Build’ in the College’s history.”

For the future Tom is considering his options between working full-time, going to university or progressing to the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Games and Animation at CONEL. Nathan plans to progress to the HNC Games and Animation.

‘Clandestine’ can be played here.

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