DoST holds game design Oscars' night
DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications Technology Office, in collaboration with the Game Developers Association of the Philippines and Animation Council of the Philippines recently hosted the 2nd ICT Creatives Awards Night, considered to be the Oscars in game design in the country.
It aims to recognize the efforts of professionals and amateurs in this emerging field.
All the finalist software were showcased in the Game On area during the E-Sports and Gaming Summit organized by GDAP.
Industry professionals and the public had an opportunity to try out the games during this event.
Seven schools participated in this year’s Game On Competition, namely Asia Pacific College, CIIT Philippines-College of Arts and Technology, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, De La Salle University, iAcademy, and Jose Rizal University.
The much-coveted Game of the Year was awarded to Vincent Layog, Erickson Melchor, Joshua Soya, and Paul Andrada from DLS-CSB for Tesselate.
Cecile Reine Cabrera, Mark Stephen Cruz, Karlene Gail Valmonte, and Pauline Wen also took top prizes for the Best Educational Game and Best Narrative/Story Category for Face to Phase.
Best Game Play was presented to Paul Anton Rae Aguilar, John Alson Entuna, Alexandra Arcega, Mario Joshua Ignacio, and Jed Ralph Pascua for Ragnarok Protocol, while Best Game Art was conferred to Daryll Española, Ferdinand Corrales, Kenneth Sta. Barbara, and Roi Adorio for Seizmore Fin.
Norman Lee, DLS-CSB School of Management and Information Technology-Game Design & Development Program Chairperson, said the success of Benildeans at the event was proof of the “quality of education we offer and the quality of games that we produce.”
“This fact is telling considering that in some categories, Benilde students competed against each other,” Lee said.
From the same institution, other finalists for Best Game Play were Admor Aloysious Aguilar, Justine Maurice Orprecio, and Bianca Therese Tan for Project Breach, and Game of the Year contenders were Rouinald Macabitas, Genard Ancero, Justine Orprecio, Joshua Matias, and Laurence Chua for After Image.
Dr. Bea Lapa was likewise a nominee in the professional category.
With the feat achieved in the contest, he added there is pressure to accomplish more next year.