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LIT Thurles students scoop five awards at Games Fleadh 2017
Fifteen LIT Thurles students have been recognised for their achievements in game design and development at Games Fleadh 2017, an all-island games design and development competition for third-level students.
Supported by Microsoft Ireland, EA Games, First Data, Game Sparks, Game Stop, and the Irish Computer Society, the 14th annual Games Fleadh event took place on March 8th on LIT’s Thurles campus which is home to the B.Sc in Computing in Games Design and Development.
Event organisers reported their busiest year yet with over 30 teams taking part in various game design and development competitions. The entries were viewed, played and tested by over 400 members of the general public who attended the event.
A stellar cast of judges reviewed the entries and scored the students on their creations. The judges included representatives from EA Games, Game Sparks, First Data.
4th year Game Development students Declan Cordial, James Walsh and Shane Hayes with their entry ‘Fragments of the Damned won ‘Best in Original Audio Music’.
3rd year Game Development students Joe O’Regan, Sean Horgan and Brian Ryan with their entry ‘AntiBody’ won ‘Best Windows Game’. Another 3rd year Game Development team made up of visiting Canadian students Christopher Law, Noah Petrides, and Settimio Falsetto were awarded ‘Best in Team Performance’ for their game ‘LightWave’.
Alex McAllister, Eoghain McGrath, Luke O Brien and Nathan Dunne, who are all 2nd year Game Development students, were awarded ‘Best in Game Design’ for their game ‘I Wanna Be A Racing Game’.
LIT’s Robocode team who comprised of 1st years Ciaran Bent, Rory Ryan and Owen O Dea came 3rd place in the national Robocode Competition, which involved programming software tanks using the programming language Java.
Speaking about Games Fleadh 2017, event organiser and lecturer at LIT’s Game Design and Development degree in Thurles Dr. Liam Noonan said, “Games Fleadh was a fantastic event and it showcased the emerging Irish game design and development talent out there. We were delighted and very proud with the achievements of all our Games Design and Development students.”