University of Bradford: Periodic Review 1

Every 5 years, all Universities must perform a periodic review of the courses they offer. The idea of these reviews is to make sure that the course content is up-to-date and relevant and that the modules reflect this within each course.

Our close ties to the University of Bradford, and with many a Bradford Graduate working at Gaslight Games, we were invited to provide our thoughts on the current courses on offer, bringing our insights as an employer in the Video Games industry, to the discussion.

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Casual Friday: Left 4 Dead 2

We are all avid gamers, here at Gaslight Games, and multi-player gaming is a large part of what we all enjoy playing. And when it comes to co-op games, one of the best has to be Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2.

Many of you would already be familiar with this game, so why bring it up? Well, when it gets to the end of the working week, the last hour or so on a Friday afternoon, productivity almost always falls. People get tired, the weekend is almost upon us and with only a few hours to go, there’s often little point in starting a major new task that you’ll only have to familiarise yourself with again come the next week.

With that in mind, we decided to devote the last hour on a Friday to multi-player gaming. Which brings us full circle back round to Left 4 Dead 2.

Just in case anyone isn’t familiar with this amazing Zombie Apocalypse title, here’s a very quick run-down of the game. You play one of four survivors who must battle (as a team!) through hordes of infected normal zombies and the special types, in order to make it to various safe rooms and an eventual rescue.

Working on as many games and various projects that we have, we know we collaborate well when it comes to work and co-op games like L4D2 are a great way to see if we can operate together outside of that environment. After many a rescue, frustrating restarts at safe houses (that damn L4D AI Director!!) we figure that not only can we make software, but we’d make a good group of survivors come the end of the World.

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Master of the Seven Teas

Epic Maritime Skirmishes on a Teeny, Tiny, Teacup Scale!

Captain your miniature pirate ship, sink your enemies and use crazy power-ups including Shark, Squid and Ninjas in a bid to become the Master of the Seven Teas!

Battle through a complete single-player campaign, starting with a fully interactive tutorial, various bonus stages and more!

Take on human opponents in multi-player skirmishes, through various game modes such as Loot (become the richest pirate!), Guv’nor (Kidnap the guv’nor and hold them for ransom) or Last Pirate Sailing (traditional deathmatch, both free-for-all and team based). Or join forces in co-op game modes taking on wave-after-wave of enemy vessels in Armada, or battle the Kraken. All multi-player can be played with friends locally, or complete strangers online!

Coming soon to PC, Mac, OUYA, iOS, Android and Blackberry (OS10) devices!

The version, which the screenshots demonstrate, was built using Microsoft’s XNA toolset. As the future of XNA is unclear, with Microsoft having no plans for future releases (and the restriction on platforms we can hit).
We are taking this opportunity to create a brand new Seven Teas, re-building our technology, expanding on the original concept and allowing for full cross-platform experiences. One of the key features being that all platforms can play against any of the others!

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