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IDC Computer Science Students Win First Place in 2015

JAN 18,2016

Omri Keret, Or Sivan and Or Margalit, students of the Effi Arzi School of Computer Science at IDC Herzliya, won first place in the 2015 GameIS Awards in the “best game developed by students” category. The students developed the game with Gal Burstein, a student of visual communication at Bezalel who was responsible for the design and the animation.

During GameIS  annual ceremony, prizes are awarded for best computer games developed in Israel according to different categories, including: “best children’s game”, “best game developed by a single developer” and more. This year, 22 games from 5 different academic institutions competed in the “best game developed be students” category; two of the three finalists were games developed by IDC students. The winning game was “Ponchjoe”  which centers on a legendary warrior wearing a mysterious poncho.

The game was developed under the framework of the InGame workshop, a collaborative workshop between the IDC and Bezalel, whose goal it is to teach students how to design and develop computer games. In the workshop’s framework, the students learn to create games from the first stages of development through the marketing of the finished product; this essentially comprises their final project for the workshop.

The workshop was created following an initiative of IDC students, who were involved in the decision-making process all along, to build programs, a syllabus, and even the workshop’s guides and teachers: Dr. Dudi Peles and Mr. Doron Nir. The name of the workshop was chosen in a unique war that included an open survey on Facebook, in which anyone could take part. The survey produced dozens of suggestions, though the name InGame was eventually chosen by a majority vote.

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