Students are game for taking industry back to basics

“There is an educational element and it’s about looking at more than just PC games. Games on PC and on boards share the same idea that you have a goal to achieve and a set of rules that dictate how you achieve it."

Stuart Butler, Senior Lecturer in Computer Games Design

Computer Games Design students at Staffordshire University were taken back to basics in a bid to discover what makes the ultimate game.

More than 100 first-year games students headed to the Kings Hall, Stoke-on-Trent to try their hand at an array of strategic board games.

Joshua Colcough, a BSc(Hons) Computer Games Design student from Stoke-on-Trent believes the day will help him create better games on screen.

“Today has been about analysing the mechanics of a board game and looking at games in their simplest form.

“It about looking at different elements of games, are they fun, competitive or complicated?”

With 62 games to choose from students got stuck in to find out for themselves what makes a good game.

Students spent the day learning basic elements of board games, and how some, such as Dungeons and Dragons have gone on to become recognised globally.

“All the games are based on strategy and not just the luck of rolling a dice, sometimes you may have to bluff to gain an advantage over your competitor,” explained the 19-year-old.

Stuart Butler, Senior Lecturer in Computer Games Design, said: “We’ve got everything here from 3D Tetris to more well-known board games like Dungeons and Dragons.

“There is an educational element and it’s about looking at more than just PC games. Games on PC and on boards share the same idea that you have a goal to achieve and a set of rules that dictate how you achieve it.

“The day has been really beneficial to the new students, it has allowed them all to socialise and share ideas.”

Students will also receive a voucher to encourage them to continue playing board games to broaden their knowledge.

“Part of the requirement on my course is that students have a board game, it is just good for them analytically to get back to basics and they will get a voucher to help with this,” he added.

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