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Swashbuckling Student-made Video Game Takes Home 2 First Place Awards


Each year for the past 5 years, students at BYU's Center for Animation have been tasked with creating an entire video game from concept to finished product. This spring, the latest team made history by creating the first game to win first place in two different categories at the Intel University Games Showcase.

The game, titled Avast Ye!, was awarded the number one game for best gameplay and best visual design.

IUGS is the premier student games showcase in the industry and only invites the top 30 ranked collegiate programs in the world to compete. Patrick Spencer, one of the leaders on the team, described IUGS as a research conference where schools show the new things they're doing in video game creation.

"The competition in the IUGS is as high-quality as it gets," said Seth Holladay, a professor at BYU and one of the main project advisors. "I am extremely proud of the passion and enthusiasm and work ethic of our students on Avast Ye! They drove the entire project. They were willing to work and learn and iterate and improve until they were satisfied with their product. And this led them to a historical win."

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