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Computer Games student scoops third award nomination

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A Creative Arts student from University Centre Leeds (@UniCentreLeeds) has been nominated for a third industry award for his computer game, Tenacious Odyssey: Chimera.

Kane Challis, Computer Games (BA Hons) Top-up Degree graduate, has been shortlisted for the Student Game Award at the Grads in Games Awards 2020. Earlier this year, he received two industry accolades for his game at the Game Republic Student Showcase 2020 Awards.

The Grads in Games Awards celebrate the people, studios and institutions that have made a significant impact in improving the links between the games industry and education. This year’s awards had over 250 nominations and the winners will be revealed online on 15 September.

While studying at University Centre Leeds, Kane designed game mechanics, developed specialisms through practical projects and took part in work experience.

Kane said:

“The Student Game Award celebrates strong talent and aptitude from developers, so I’m incredibly pleased the judges recognised my passion, devotion and impressive results. These awards inspire and ignite the next generation of creatives, providing them with the opportunity to progress in the games industry.

“University Centre Leeds has constantly supported my project, from its conceptual stages to showcasing at industry events. From industry-standard facilities to engaging modules, the course demonstrated the complex work and intricate detail that goes into creating games. I was regularly given constructive criticism and valuable feedback, allowing me to understand how my game would fit into today’s competitive market as well as gameplay and themes.”

Tenacious Odyssey is a 2D retro-style pixel-performer, inspired by 8-bit graphics with the gameplay appearing to be a hybrid between Super Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog. Players battle their way through nine stages, focusing on different mechanics and narrative standpoints.

Adam Harrison, programme manager at University Centre Leeds, added:

“We’re unbelievably proud of what Kane has achieved. He has taken a wide range of skills from animation, arts, coding and audio implementation to develop an award-winning game. He’s already got a head start in the ever-evolving industry and I’m excited to see what he will achieve in the future.”

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