Games Design Week Overview

Primary 5 and Primary 4/5 have had an incredibly busy week preparing to show the games they have made in their teams.

On the run up to the final day’s challenge to show off their game in an exhibition, we had the teams hard at work making and preparing art materials for their game and for their advertising efforts.

Some of the teams at work and their art and promotional material work:

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We were also working with Scratch to make the games in question.

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Friday was the big day, with each team strenuously promoting their game throughout the exhibition on top of all the effort they had put in that week. We had Primary 4 and Primary 6 in to vote on Best Game and Best Advertising so all hands were on deck to get those votes and to show off their work. Some teams were tracking high scores, getting feedback from their players or offering freebies in the form of sweets and artwork, all in an effort to keep their game in the minds of the voters!

We had visitors with games-making and video games industry experience in to judge the games for a Judges’ Choice Award and offer advice to the teams. A photographer from the South Queensferry Gazette came along so expect to see more in the local newspaper too!

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We had Mrs Crawford and others trying out the games in addition to our guests!

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Some were rather excited by the advertising, the prizes they won or their scores on the games they tried!

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Primary 2/3 also came along to try out the games and though they didn’t vote on them they had fun playing them.

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The announcements: Please click on the hyperlinks for video.

Popular vote: Best Game

Popular vote: Best Advertising

The Judges’ Feedback and Judges’ Choice.

At the end of it all, the children were able to play Mutiny, a game in progress to official release, as well as try out the Occulus Rift on the day as a small bonus to all their hard work! All in all a fantastic end to a week filled with creativity, teamwork, grit, resilience, effort and hard work!

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Thanks go to everyone who helped make this happen, not least of all the children of Primary 5 and Primary 4/5.

Special thanks to Erin Mercer, Will Wright and Andrew Knight for taking the time to come in and judge the games as well as give advice to the children.

Thanks to the South Queensferry Gazette for sending along a photographer to cover the event.

Additional thanks to Andrew Knight for coming in several times during the week to help out in both classes in preparing for Friday.