On Saturday, the General Directorate of Information Technology (iT) completed the three-day electronic game development program known as the 'Global Game Jam' (GGJ) at the main campus. The purpose of the GGJ is to encourage interest in electronics and is one of the largest events of its kind in the world. The event includes a game development competition. There were 32 participants divided into 8 groups, with two judges specializing in electronic games development.
The GGJ has benefits beyond the gaming sector. The event encourages people to engage in technologies in many other sectors of the economy and fosters creativity in problem-solving through programming, iterative design, and artistic expression.
CIO, Dr. Mohammed Alsaqer, explained that Global Game Jam participants submitted 8 projects that showed off each group's technical prowess including:
- 'Save The Car': A project that uses the Unreal Engine, the world's most open and advanced real-time 3D creation platform for photoreal visuals and immersive experiences. Its premise is to save the car from the attacking enemies while repairing it;
- 'Roof Repair Game': A project that uses the Unity Engine, a real-time development platform. The game begins with the rain falling on a building roof. Then the player repairs it after the rain damage;
- 'Fire Fighting': A project that uses Lens Studio, a real-time tool for creating Snapchat Lenses. It is a Snapchat game, and the player interacts with the game by pressing on the screen to extinguish fires and overcome obstacles, and the game gets more difficult over time;
- 'Computer Fixing': A project that uses the Unreal Engine. The player looks for a computer maintenance store to fix broken computers. The client tries to solve a code in order to fix his computer;
- 'Things Repair': A project that uses the Unity Engine. The player fixes a car though an adventure to collect the car parts;
- 'The Broken Jewel': A project that uses the Unreal Engine. The game revolves around enabling a child to repair the broken jewel by looking for it in a maze. However, he must solve some problems to get the missing pieces;
- Warrior Rescue: A project that uses the Unreal Engine. The game is about a military doctor who treats the injured with first aid.
- Robot Caretaker: A program that uses the Unity Engine. The player is an engineer who fixes robotic hands and tries to maximize its life to maintain factory completion.
At the end of the event, the General Supervisor of the General Department of Information Technology honored the participants, the judges and organizers. He expressed his gratitude to His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy for his continuing support. He also thanked the Vice Rector of Academic Affairs and everyone who contributed to this event.
The Undersecretary of the General Administration of Information Technology, Dr. Ibtisam Al-Qahtani, explained that this important global event is one of the examples of administration's efforts to attract those interested in the technology field.
On Thursday evening, the General Directorate of Information Technology (iT) participated in an international electronic games development initiative called 'Global Game Jam'. The purpose of the program is to raise awareness for the opportunities and direct benefits of gaming technology development. The event took place on the main campus and lasted three days. The event centered around a game development contest.
Alsaqer : ".. opportunities for business development in games are growing quickly."
CIO, Dr. Mohammed Alsaqer, said that gaming is already a major global industry and that the opportunities for business development in games are growing quickly. Further, he noted that gaming spurs creativity and helps increase interest in other technologically based sectors of the economy. Vice CIO, Dr. Ibtisam Al-Qahtani, said that game development is a valuable tool for technical innovation and an outlet for creative expression.
Digital Transformation and Quality Initiatives Supervisor, Ahmad Al-Behashi, reported that the event included participants from 123 countries and that the judges included experts from the Asir region.