Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Teenager shortlisted for game design award

A TEENAGER from Henley was shortlisted for a video games award.

A TEENAGER from Henley was shortlisted for a video games award.

Syd Lambert, 15, created Evvade in his bedroom at home in Greys Road and entered it for the BAFTA Young Game Designers Award.

He was chosen as one of 40 finalists and competed in London on Saturday against nine rivals in the 15-to-18-year-olds category.

The winner was a boy from Newscastle with a game called Spectrum.

Syd’s game, which he developed using Java software, involves controlling a blue square which aims to collect green orbs while evading red and yellow squares and lines.

It has already been played by hundreds of gamers online, including his parents, Glen and Anna, and nine-year-old sister, Juliet. The game has several different levels of difficulty and leader boards with the best scores. Syd’s own top score is 48 but one of his friends has bettered him on one of the modes. He said: “It was originally a test I was working on to see if I could draw squares in a window but when I saw the competition I decided to turn it into a game. “I’d made a similar game called Neon Dodge which was more rudimentary and really a test of graphics. I’ve been working on it pretty solidly in my free time. “I was very happy when I was shortlisted as about 1,000 people entered. The games from the other finalists were very different but they were all very good.” Syd’s parents both work with software and websites and he started programming when he was 11. In 2014 he created an online chatroom called Squidnet which he uses to talk to friends. He is also a keen gamer. Syd, a pupil at Gillotts School in Henley, said: “When I started programming it was mostly applications, not games. I started making games once I had learned how to draw graphics. “I play quite a lot of games myself. My favourite game is Little Big Planet. I’d like to continue programming as it’s my main hobby and I really enjoy it.” The BAFTA competition, now in its sixth year, encourages budding gamers to design and create their own games and offers them the chance to work with industry professionals. The prizes included a tour of the Google headquarters, gaming packages and the chance to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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