Students Get Competitve in Orono at UMaine Expo
Losing yourself in a game has been a favorite pastime of many for years. Some University of Maine students worked in teams to bring their own original computer games to life.â€œItâ€™s really challenging your intellectual ability and your logical capabilities to create something from nothing,â€ said Kelsie York.Their pixilated adventures are part of a game-writing expo.â€œYou get to showcase your games for other people and you get to try other peopleâ€™s games,â€ said Patrick Meunier.Itâ€™s part of Professor Markowskyâ€™s computer programming class.â€œWe try to get them to take a professional interest in it and I think that when they all participate, they kind of feel the competitive juices,â€ said Markowsky.Competitive, because the games are also being voted on. â€œItâ€™s a nice friendly competition. We encourage them to go look at the work that other students do and it kind of raises the bar for everybody,â€ said Markowsky.Giving them the freedom to do just about anything.â€œWe made it a little more interesting by making it go faster the more and more the game goes on. So, it gets really competitive the more you play and we have a lot of fun doing it and a lot of fun making it,â€ said Mitchell Roberge.Itâ€™s a hands-on approach students will benefit from in the future.â€œItâ€™s really great, especially since I want to be a part of this when I get out of college, I either want to be an indie game maker, or work for perhaps a company,â€ said Cameron Morrison.â€œIt was definitely a great challenge since this is my first program course, but we definitely learned a lot in CS 125 and Iâ€™m very happy with the outcome of the game,â€ said Maxwell Morin.