The map of Dundee University’s Queen Mother Building (QMB) is legend among attendees of The School of Computing houses in the same building. Unfortunately, people have a bad habit of losing it so I’m posting it here to download. The map is believed to have been made by Rory Gianni a.k.a. @digitalWestie
A developer going by the name of Fletch has created a map of Bin Laden’s Abbottabad Complex where he lived from 2005 till his death on 2nd of May 2011 for Counter Strike.
It’s not a new concept to have real life locations appear in computer games including those from real missions that have been carried out by world millitary but some would suggest that releasing a map like this so soon after the killing of Osama Bin Laden, is in poor taste.
It’s an interesting topic for debate that may have some very good points for both sides of the argument. What seems clear is that Fletch does not intend to create a mission in which players recreate the Navy Seals mission from the 2nd of May but instead have missions based on the concept.
One mission using the map he is constructing is an aftermath in which terrorists defend evidence in the base from being taken by Counter Terrorist Forces. Though some believe that just the location alone being in a computer game so soon is in poor taste and perhaps even means for provocation for more terrorist action.
What do you think? Do you play Counter Strike? Do you feel this map is in poor taste or will you be playing it yourself?
In my third year, I was asked to create a 2D game using Microsoft’s XNA Game Studio. Whilst learning how to do so I had to make up sprites, drawing graphics is not a strong point of mine so I used this as a major part of the game story line. I also wanted to make this game accessible to users who wouldn’t normally be able to play games. At the Dundee School of Computing Christmas Lecture 2009, Dr. Deborah Fels from Edinburgh’s Napier University demonstrated her research in inclusive games and this concept really caught my interest leaving me wanting to try something similar myself.
The audio assisted version of this game, I believe, is entirely playable by the blind. One sound is used to notify the user when an enemy ship is in their path and another noise is played to notify the user when an enemy bullet is approaching.
Battle of the Crudely Drawn Dimensions
Battle of the Crudely Drawn Dimensions is a side scrolling game based in a world contained in a dimension where everything appears to have been crudely drawn in a package such as MSPaint. Unlike side scrolling games from our own dimension, this side scroller is inverted in terms of direction. Our own player resides on the right hand side of the screen whilst enemy ships appear from the left hand side that we must shoot out of the sky.