Calum has de­signs on top na­tional gam­ing award

The Oban Times - - News -

ARDRISHAIG teen Calum McCar­tan is one of 20 young­sters short­listed in a na­tion­wide game de­sign com­pe­ti­tion for 10- to 18-year- olds.

The 17-year- old has been cho­sen as a fi­nal­ist for the Game Mak­ing Award cat­e­gory in the Bri­tish Academy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts (BAFTA) Young Game De­sign­ers (YGD) com- pe­ti­tion with his game, Space Drifter. This is an ad­ven­ture game where play­ers can pi­lot a space­ship through an as­teroid field, com­bat­ing waves of at­tack­ing en­e­mies.

The win­ners of awards for game mak­ing and game con­cept across two age cat­e­gories will be an­nounced at a spe­cial award cer­e­mony at the head­quar­ters of BAFTA in Lon­don on July 23.

Win­ners will re­ceive a host of prizes, in­clud­ing hav­ing their game fur­ther de­vel­oped by in­dus­try ex­perts.

BAFTA will also be pre­sent­ing a YGD Hero Award for sup­port for young games de­sign­ers by an in­dus­try pro­fes­sional or devel­op­ment team. This year it will be re­ceived by Me­dia Mol­e­cule, mak­ers of games such as Lit­tle Big Planet.

There will also be a YGD Men­tor Award pre­sented to an in­di­vid­ual who has been nom­i­nated by the pub­lic for in­volve­ment with ed­u­ca­tion of young game de­sign­ers. The win­ner of this will be an­nounced at the award cer­e­mony.

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