SMJK Union’s tech duo takes Game Mania to greater heights at KDU Penang’s Games Design Challenge

SMJK Union's Lim Xiao Hui and Looi Tyng Tyng were adjudged winners of KDU Penang's Games Design Challenge 2013, at the finals that was held on 6thJuly 2013 at its campus.

The objective of the competition, which is organised annually by KDU Penang's Computing and IT Department, is to increase awareness amongst high school students about the bright prospects of a career in games designing. Both Xiao Hui and Tyng Tyng displayed a high degree of creativity and technical prowess with their space adventure game titled 'Escape from the Dark'. For their efforts, they received a cash prize of RM500, trophies as well as a 15% tuition fee waiver, each, to pursue IT Certificate and Diploma programs at KDU Penang. Said the delighted pair, "The competition was very tough as many of the other participants had also come up with wonderful games complete with interactive elements. We are honoured to have won the competition, and would like to thank our KDU Penang mentors for their help and support in training us throughout this competition."

Ooi Jian Hua and Chia Ning Kang from SMJK Chung Ling emerged 1st Runner Up for their 'Journey to the Center of Man' game, winning a cash prize of RM300 cash, trophies as well as a 10% tuition fee waiver, each, to pursue IT Certificate and Diploma programs at KDU Penang. For their efforts in creating a jungle adventure game titled 'Brotherhood', SMK St. Xavier's Thong Kai Wen and Vincent Tan Jia Zun emerged 2nd Runner Up, and received a cash prize of RM 200 cash, trophies as well as a 5% tuition fee waiver, each, to pursue IT Certificate and Diploma programs at KDU Penang.

The month-long competition, which was open to students from high schools throughout Penang, drew over 120 participants. They were first required to attend basic games design and programming workshops, prior to participating in a qualifying round where the best teams were selected for the final challenge at KDU Penang. The format applied saw only the cream of the crop making it to the finals at KDU Penang's new Games Laboratory where they had to come up with their version of a 2D Game using the latest Game Maker 8.1 Lite software.

The Chief Judge of the competition, Mr. J. Joshua Thomas, who is also the Academic Department Head of the IT Department and a games design specialist, commended the finalists on the good showing as he believed that "Their creations were assessed for innovation, level of design, longevity, addictiveness and of course the level of fun plus entertainment value of the game. I must say that most of the participants especially the top 3 winners displayed very promising levels of program design in the creation of their 2D games. They will certainly be heroes in the industry next time."

Ms. Amy Leow Saw Imm who is the Head for KDU Penang's School of Engineering, Science and Technology was also extremely happy about the keen interest shown in the annual competition. Said Amy, "Every participant in this competition is a winner as they have the opportunity to use our new state-of-the-art Games Laboratory as well as the experience of using the Gamemaker 8.1 software whose framework brings games to life and enables designers and players to interact in an environment that allows for creative and unique ways, using built-in scripting language. We would also like to thank our UK degree partner; Northumbria University, for consenting to sponsor this event, which we believe will help boost the interest of games designing as a career amongst high schools students in Penang."

Interested to pursue a career as a Games Developer? Come chat with us on our KDU UK Open Day on 14 and 15 September 2013 at our campus in Penang or new Ipoh Recruitment Office located at 1st Floor, No. 3, Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar, 30300 Ipoh, Perak!