Games Fleadh (Irish for "Games Festival"), is a 2-day mid-week convention held each year in LIT-Tipperary (formally Tipperary Institute), usually held in early March, for computer games enthusiasts and developers to showcase their talent and programming skills. It is part funded by LIT-Tipperary's Centre for Entertainment & Game Technology Research. Each year, there is a major gaming theme, usually to do with an anniversary of a game.
Games Fleadh was originally a competition called RoboCode Ireland Challenge, which was an artificial intelligence programming language challenge for first year college students. Teams of students designed a robot that would compete against another colleges robot, and the with robot with the best algorithm receiving the Robocode Marshal title . As this competition grew, Games Fleadh was established as an overarching event. Games Fleadh started in 2008, by the festivals driving force Philip Bourke, a lecturer of Games Design and Development at LIT-Tipperary, when he saw no other strong festival for the growing Irish Games design industry. It started off small, with a small number of colleges being invited to participate. RoboCode is now an event inside the convention of Games Fleadh.
Competitions and Challenges
- Games Fleadh now plays host to several different competitions.
- Microsoft XNA Game Studio Ireland Challenge – students are set a task of designing a game in Microsoft's XNA Game Studio using the C# programming language. This game is judged on game play and originality around a specific theme.
- Microsoft DirectX Ireland Challenge – Students are asked to design a game scene(s) using DirectX 11 SDK. Competitors are judged on how well their game scene looks and their DirectX based engine can deal with model from StarterKit.
- RoboCode Ireland Challenge – first years from different colleges and universities from around Ireland fight for supremacy over everyone with their robot.
- Various Games Tournaments – Various Games tournaments, including the annual inter varsity team tournament Counter-Strike:Source known as the Christian Martin Counter Strike:Source Memorial Cup.
Over the years, There has been a number of different themes
- 2013- Robot Tank
- 2012– Chopper Command.
- 2011– Frogger.
- 2010– Pac-Man.
- 2009– Asteroids.
- 2008– Space Invaders.
Robocode Ireland Challenge Champions
- National University of Ireland, Maynooth (2013)
- Dundalk Institute of Technology (2012)
- Dundalk Institute of Technology (2011)
- University of Limerick (2010)
- Trinity College Dublin (2009)
- Griffith College (2008)
- Dublin Institute of Technology (2007)
- Cork Institute of Technology (2006)
- LIT-Tipperary formally Tipperary Institute (2005)
- Waterford Institute of Technology (2004)
XNA Game Studio Ireland Challenge/Game Studio Ireland Challenge
- LIT-Tipperary (2013)
- Queen's University, Belfast (2012)
- Dublin Institute of Technology (2011)
- National University of Ireland Galway (2010)
- Dublin Institute of Technology (2009)
DirectX Ireland Challenge Honours List:
Another Highlight of Games Fleadh, is GamesPro. GamesPro, is a panel of games and software developers, and companies, highly respected in industry, that give small talks on a specific point from their prospective. GamesPro ends with all the representatives, sitting down together to answer questions or queries students may have.
Global Game Jam GGJ brings together thousands of game creation enthusiasts around the world, all with a common purpose of building computer games in forty eight hours. Game developers create games during Global Game Jam and exhibit during Games Fleadh
New in the 2012 convention will be the introduction of Games Fleadh:Evolved.
Games Fleadh:Expo is a new addition to Games Fleadh 2012. Games Fleadh 2012 is purported to include Ireland’s first Digital Game Expo. The exhibit is expected to include indie developer titles.
Game Developer Awards
Engineers Ireland Game Developer Awards which acknowledges the best games which are developed in Ireland.
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