Bubble tea, US presidential candidates and a sci-fi apocalypse were featured on a creative video game crash-course at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Australia over the weekend.
Eshlie Alcantara, John Huynh and Carlo and Lorenzo Bruzzese of Parramatta’s Raffles College of Design and Commerce showcased their final year projects to gaming experts, insiders and enthusiasts at PAX – a festival for gamers to celebrate gaming culture.
“It was a great opportunity for me as a student to showcase my work and gain feedback,” Ms Alcantara enthused.
The 20-year-old presented her game “Perfect Pearl” – a high pressure time management app about managing a bubble tea store by taking customer orders and juggling the task of making and completing orders.
The Blacktown resident said she used the “opportunity” to conduct market research.
“I was looking for feedback from people who haven’t seen the game before, but also people that are in the demographic I’m looking for,” Ms Alcantara said.
“Mobile games are mainly for casual gamers who will play only when they have time, so it was interesting to see whether or not I could appeal to the market of hardcore gamers.”
PAX was a great way for me to gain exposure in the gaming industry.Eshlie Alcantara
Mr Huynh, of Cabramatta, presented his PC game Ronald Dump which was inspired by a certain notorious presidential candidate.
“Putting my work on show gave me an insight about how interesting the game is, what I could do to improve it and any pointers that helped me with visual upgrades,” he said.
Brothers Carlo and Lorenzo Bruzzese unveiled their collaborative project, a platform game – Path to Zenith – that takes pixel art and retro gaming into a sci-fi apocalyptic world.
Head of the Raffles Digital Media and Visual Arts Department, Alan Chen said the students are forging ahead in their chosen area of study and are following his vision for the school.
“I believe that by showcasing these students at PAX we have embraced the opportunity to show the gaming industry what fantastic new talent is coming through at Raffles,” he enthused.
First held in Seattle in 2004, PAX has nearly doubled in size each successive year. The first international PAX was held in Melbourne in 2013 and till this day attracts thousands.