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01-16-2009

Video Game Designed by Clarkson University Alumni Accepted into Prestigious Festival

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"Snapshot," a video game co-designed by 2008 Clarkson University alumni Kyle Pulver and Peter Taylor Jones, was recently accepted into the prestigious Independent Games Festival (http://www.igf.com).

The two designed the game for their senior thesis Digital Arts & Sciences project last year. The festival takes place during the internationally known Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in March.

Snapshot is a two-dimensional side-scrolling game in which the player controls both a character named "Pic" and a camera that can take photos of the game environment. Digital arts and sciences video gaming

Photos can capture objects such as boxes, enemies, and other things. The player can then use these photos to move objects around in the world to complete each level.

The IGF honors games from around the world, and gives independent developers a chance to get their names and ideas into the professional game design industry. More than 220 entrants were judged by a range of industry professionals, from game journalists to industry veterans.

Pulver of Broadalbin, N.Y., is a freeware game developer who designed "Bonesaw: The Game" while a student at Clarkson. He has been a part of a number of game projects such as Goo!, and many other yet-to-be announced titles. Pulver also won a game-developing competition at the Independent Gaming Source (http://www.tigsource.com) recently with his recent game "Verge."

Jones is enrolled in the graduate program of animation at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He recently released Memix, a game for Apple’s iPhone and iTouch. For more information and past projects, visit his Web site at http://www.petertaylorjones.com.

The Digital Arts & Sciences program is an interdisciplinary major, which spans the boundaries between the sciences and the arts. Students take advantage of programs in digital art, math, computer science, and communication & media. For more information, contact Dave Beck at dbeck@clarkson.edu or visit http://www.clarkson.edu/digitalarts .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: A screen shot from "Snapshot," a video game co-designed by 2008 Clarkson University alumni Kyle Pulver and Peter Taylor Jones, which was recently accepted into the prestigious Independent Games Festival.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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