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Dealing with Depression and Handling Holograms Highlight Educational Game Presentations

While many students at The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA), UCF’s graduate video game development program, want to entertain the world by making the next “Madden NFL Football,” they also are making games that can change the world.

These educational games or “games for good” will be presented at UCF’s Center for Emerging Media from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, April 28. The projects are part of professor Tom Carbone’s GameLab class, where students learn to develop games for non-entertainment purposes like education, simulation and social causes.  All the students collaborated with a subject matter expert and this will be the first time the students present them to the public.

The games being demoed are “Ghost Chamber,” “Protoverse,” “Heart of Tin,” “Little Turtle Learning Tools,” “Varteology,” “Polyatomic,” “VHA 2-Step Mentor” and “Why Did Baba Yaga Take My Brother?”

The presentation is free and open to the public. Faculty, staff and students will be available to comment on any of the projects. FIEA will be livestreaming daily interviews with the teams April 24-27 at 1 pm on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ucffiea [1]. The April 28 presentation will be livestreamed at FIEA’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/ucffiea [2].

UCF’s Center For Emerging Media is located at 500 West Livingston St., Orlando, FL 32801.