Campus culture of game design, digital games
The M+DEV conference included an esports competition. One of the games played was Checkmight, released last spring at UW-Stout’s Game Expo, SGX, the largest game expo in western Wisconsin.
Checkmight was created by six students. The two-player game revolves around playing chess but with pieces that need to duel each other for every capture. Along with Checkmight, games demonstrated at M+DEV included Reapers Isle, Grape Juice City, Golfella and Grazer.
The next Stout Game Expo, featuring many new student-designed games, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Memorial Student Center. Along with digital games, students in game design also create traditional board and card games.
UW-Stout’s game design culture includes an official esports team, the first in the Universities of Wisconsin, and an esports coaching minor.
In addition, high school students interested in game design can explore a number of related areas — from 3D animation and video game design to digital storytelling — through UW-Stout's summer STEAM experience.