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Gaming festival pushes the right buttons

Published on 15/06/17

Video-game enthusiasts from Trafalgar College got their clicks at the Norwich Gaming Festival school challenge day on Monday, May 22.

With professional coders and game designers on hand to help, the Year 7 students put their technical and creative skills to the test in a series of challenges.

They got hands-on to design a gaming controller using cardboard and tin foil, which could be used to play the classic block-shifting game Tetris.

Working with experts from the BAFTA Young Game Designers scheme, they also explored the creative side of the industry, coming up with initial games for ideas before developing characters and gameplay features.

The festival, held annually at The Forum in Norwich, gave students the chance to step into new worlds using the latest virtual-reality technology, and have a blast in the retro arcade.

Teacher Andy Smith said: “This was an exceptional day of learning and challenge, which left our students excited and enthused about careers in the gaming industry.”

Photos courtesy of The Forum