It’s game on for Staffordshire University students as they compete for national award



Students who created a computer game in just 48 hours have been shortlisted for a national award.

Arcade-style game Pair Up was developed by Staffordshire University computer gameplay design and production students.

Now they have been named as finalists for ‘best student game’ at the Grads in Games Awards 2020. And the university itself is up for the ‘best educational institution’ category.

It came off the back of a Global Games Jam, where students were given just two days to come up with a prototype, based on the theme of ‘repair’.

Joe Coulson was part of the team that came up with Pair Up, which features construction workers José and Jim who must scale a building that needs to be repaired. Along the way, players must account for the wind and errant pigeons which threaten to blow away their cargo of supplies.

Thirty-one-year-old Joe, from Congleton, said: “If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our last three years developing games, it’s that our first idea is rarely the best one, so we took a few hours to brainstorm ideas and build a few prototypes.”

Team-mate Dan Bond is delighted with the recognition for their work.

The 21-year-old, from Biddulph, said: “It was surprising to see something we did in such a short amount of time reach the heights it has and I’m really proud to see it sat among the other great nominees which made the shortlist.”

The other students involved in Pair Up were Andrew Pearson and Sabrina Lang.





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