Game of love
My Communication Design class felt like family. We were always looking at each other’s work and getting ideas off one another,
Andrew Napper and Lilian Kidoo
Otago Polytechnic is a great place for gaming.
Some might say Otago Polytechnic students Andrew Napper and Lilian Kidoo are a match made in cyberspace; Andrew has just completed a Bachelor of Information Technology, Lilian has just completed a Bachelor of Design (Communication) and they both love gaming.
Both Lilian and Andrew are developing a game together, ‘Last Souls’, in which Lilian has designed the characters and Andrew has done all the coding and programming.
“It’s a survival game, with a map, and it’s much like chess but in a modern way with five characters on each side versing another person through the internet,” says Lilian.
“It’s a simplified version of some of the big games which are very competitive. This will be much more fun,” says Andrew.
Lilian grew up in Japan where gaming is more advanced and really popular. She says that from the age of six or seven she was always playing Pokemon. “I feel quite lucky because when I came to Otago Polytechnic I thought there’s no way I’d meet people who are into gaming as much as me - then I met Andrew and his entire flat was into gaming.”
“Otago Polytechnic is a great place for gaming. A lot of students in my Communication Design class were into art and making characters and everyone was really friendly, it felt like family. We were always looking at each other’s work and getting ideas off one another,” says Lilian.
Lilian is currently on a ten week internship with local gaming company Runaway Play and Andrew is working in IT, and they’re both continuing to develop ‘Last Souls’.
Develop high-level technical and problem-solving skills and a solid theoretical understanding of Information Technology concepts in this hands-on degree. If you have existing skills and knowledge due to practical experience in this area, you could study this programme via distance through Capable NZ (our recognition of prior learning centre). You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.
Use your creativity and vision to communicate original and exciting ideas. During this hands-on degree, you'll learn to tell stories through still and moving image, text and interactive media. You'll develop industry-ready skills and use project-based learning to apply them to community- and client-driven projects that have a focus on positive social and environmental change. You can choose to specialise in areas such as graphic design and typography; illustration, animation and character design; UX for game design; visual design for games; 3D modelling and world building; game narratives and interactive fiction; web design and mobile app design; film and photograph. A work-based learning option is available for those with prior experience.