Game scores highly

TWO Ur­sula Frayne Catholic Col­lege stu­dents have gone to the next level af­ter their video game scored them a place in the fi­nals of a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

TWO Ur­sula Frayne Catholic Col­lege stu­dents have reached a new high score af­ter their video game got them a place in the fi­nals of a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Year 9 stu­dents Harry Bray­ford and Seth Shaw are fi­nal­ists in the se­nior video game sec­tion of the Screen It com­pe­ti­tion, Aus­tralia’s largest mov­ing im­age com­pe­ti­tion for school-aged film­mak­ers, an­i­ma­tors and game mak­ers.

The boys cre­ated The Chill­ing Chase in their own time; the video game in­volves the user us­ing a cur­sor to avoid en­e­mies while also avoid­ing bar­ri­ers and ob­sta­cles.

Harry said a school project had opened the boys’ eyes to the idea of cre­at­ing a video game.

“We heard about the com­pe­ti­tion and thought it would be a good idea to join up,” he said.

“We then used some soft­ware that mixes cod­ing with a num­ber of other func­tions and al­lows the cre­ator to make games that are either com­plex or sim­ple.

“The idea of the game re­volves around the use of a cur­sor and to run en­e­mies into bar­ri­ers to de­stroy them.”

Seth said they had friends and class­mates test the game dur­ing de­vel­op­ment.

“I think ev­ery­one had fun with it; we wanted to bal­ance the game so it wasn’t too easy or too hard,” he said.

Seth said they were both very sur­prised and ex­cited when they found out they were fi­nal­ists in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s a big achieve­ment and we are go­ing over to Mel­bourne next month for the fi­nals,” he said.

“I can’t wait to see how it pans out and I’m ex­cited to see the games that the other stu­dents have made.”

d461229 Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Ur­sula Frayne Catholic Col­lege stu­dents Seth Shaw and Harry Bray­ford with their com­puter game, The Chill­ing Chase.

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