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  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2013 Games Finalists Announced

    So! The moment has arrived! The teams selected for the Worldwide Finals in Russia have been announced. Here’s the list: Team UMA, Angola – Don’t Fret Zeppelin Studio, Austria – Schein WickedGames, Czech Republic – reSOUND Banzai Lightning, France – SEED Seven Worlds, France – Kameon Solite Studio, Indonesia...
  • Blog Post: Quick Coaching Session for Imagine Cup Games

    As the deadline is fast approaching for the online Imagine Cup Games competition, we thought it might be a good idea to quickly cover what we’re looking for during the judging. If you’re in a team competing in the Games competition and are looking for info on what makes a great entry, check in on this...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2012 Game Design Finalists – Phone

    Just as impressive as the games in my last post, here are the ten finalists headed to Sydney to compete for the Game Design Phone category of Imagine Cup . You’ll see a great variety of countries, game concepts and pretty much everything else, and all of this on the Windows Phone. I want to...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2012 Game Design Finalists – Xbox/Windows

    Here we are again! Another year and another brilliant batch of games that have wowed the judges. This year we only have two tracks, recognition of the increased quality of games built in HTML5 and Windows 8 providing native support for HTML5 development, but we’ve also increased the number of finalists...
  • Blog Post: GlobalGameJam – It’s On, We’re There!

    I’m totally excited for this weekend. It’s the annual GlobalGameJam where hundreds of places all across the globe all spend 48 hours creating video games for a multitude of platforms. I love GGJ because it grows organically – each organizer decides to host their Jam site and puts...
  • Blog Post: Game Design Scoring Rubric 2012

    One question that crops up a lot when I talk to students about the Game Design competitions is how will their games be scored. It’s an understandable concern – if you know what the judges are going to be looking for, then you know how to build your game in a way that maximises your chances of getting...
  • Blog Post: Winter XNA Games – Learn, Compete, Have Fun!

    We’re holding another game camp, this time a mega-one! We have four different activities to choose from – learning XNA from scratch, learning how to build Windows Phone applications and games, discovering HTML5 games and applications and finally, if you’re up for it, a 40 hour challenge to build a game...
  • Blog Post: Game Design Office Hours

    To make it easier to ask questions about Imagine Cup and Game Design, I’ve set up a series of “virtual office hours” where anyone can connect in, online or on the phone, and get in touch with me directly. These are scheduled for approximately every two weeks between now and the close...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Game Design Judging Panel!

    We always strive to provide a world class judging panel every year for Game Design. One that will be able to both judge the games effectively for Imagine Cup as well as being able to provide the students with good, solid feedback. In previous years, we’ve been able to select from a respected pool of...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 10

    The tenth and final part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 9

    The ninth part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 8

    The eighth part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 7

    The seventh part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 6

    The sixth part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 5

    The fifth part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 4

    The fourth part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 3

    The third part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 2

    The second part in a series showcasing the competitors from this year’s Game Design category in the Imagine Cup competition. Links to the complete series: Part 1 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11a (_dreamBender – BJTU_YF703) Part 2 - http://bit.ly/ICGD11b (Bliizz – CodeOne) Part 3 - http...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Game Design Competitor Showcase Part 1

    This year I wanted to highlight just how good the competitors were in the Game Design competition. I did this last year too, but it took me a while to get around to it, so I’m starting early. :) There will be approximately ten parts coming out over the next few weeks, with screenshots of each...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Finalists – Web

    Third article highlighting the finalists in Game Design for Imagine Cup 2011. The other two articles can be found here (Xbox/Windows) and here (Mobile) . [UPDATE: Now including Gameplay Videos for all five games. Complete series of gameplay videos can be found here ) Team Name: Cellardoor Game...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Finalists – Mobile

    This is the second part of a short series highlighting the finalists heading to New York City. The first part can be found here . [UPDATE: Now including Gameplay Videos for all five games. Complete series of gameplay videos can be found here ) Team Name: Close World Mobile Game Name: Hilomi...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Finalists – Xbox/Windows

    I was completely amazed at the high quality of games submitted into this year’s competition and I’m definitely planning on showcasing all of the round 2 entries because there were some unbelievably cool entries that didn’t quite make the top five in each track. But for now, I want to...
  • Blog Post: Video Game Design – a worldwide phenomenon

    As we have now published the list of teams who have progressed to round 2 in the Imagine Cup Game Design competitions, I thought it was important to recognise just how widespread participation was this year. Round 2 only allows a maximum of 50 per track to go through and as many countries had multiple...
  • Blog Post: I <3 New York City (aka Robert Youngjohns + Students = rockin’)

    Some days I really like my job. Some days I love my job. Some days make me wonder why it took me So Damned Long to get to this point where I can see people impacted by technology, because it is the most fulfilling job I have ever had the sheer unending pleasure to “work” at. I just knew today was going...
  • Blog Post: 100 Students, 22 Schools – Now THAT’S a Game Camp!

    WOOHOO! The third game camp for New York is at a close and it finished off an amazing February with a BANG. We started with a smaller game camp at St Francis, then the awesome 48 hour challenge at RIT we named We <3 Games, and now this one. Held at Pace University in downtown Manhattan, just minutes...
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