On Friday 19th February 2010, videogame design and development students from all over the UK will relocate to the Birmingham City University’s Millenium Point campus for the first XNA GameCamp of 2010.
Produced by Pixel-Lab for Microsoft, X48 will see which games the next generation of industry talent can create in less than 48 hours. Using Microsoft’s XNA Game Studio 3.0 the teams will build game prototypes on a theme to be unveiled during Friday morning’s initiation.
Competitors will gain valuable experience in time-bound development, and X48 will provide them with the chance to show their creations to a Microsoft-led panel of judges at the closing ceremony.
During the two days, Birmingham City University will be providing the hardware and software needed to develop the games at their Millenium Point site, as well as providing teams with sleeping and refreshments facilities.
The event’s theme this year will give students a challenge to make innovative new games that look beyond the traditional puzzle game or first person shooter. This could create conversations around games that don’t normally happen, and maybe even lead to new audiences.
X48 is a marathon gamecamp in the UK where students and indie developers use Microsoft’s XNA Game Studio 3.0 to create a game in less than 48 hours. The event is free to attend, but registration is on a first come first served basis due to limited lab space. For more information, visit http://www.x48gamecamp.com
Birmingham (19th-20th Feb): http://x48birmingham.eventbrite.com
Huddersfield (19th-20th March): http://x48huddersfield.eventbrite.com
PS. One of my friends has pulled out, so if you're a programmer and thinking of heading down but can't find a team - send me an email or PM.