This year, participants in the Singapore Games Creation Competition (SGCC) 2014 – organised by Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP)’s School of Interactive and Digital Media (SIDM) and supported by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) – were tasked to do their part for a drug-free society.
Themed “Life Does Not Rewind. Say No to Drugs”, participants in the SGCC 2014 had to weave the anti-drug message into their game creations. A total of 191 teams comprising more than 600 secondary school students took up the challenge. The overall champion team, CHIMMICHANGA from Methodist Girls’ School, received its prize from Guest-of-Honour, Mr Lim Biow Chuan, Chairman of GPC Education, Member of Parliament for Mountbatten, at a ceremony held on 17 October 2014 at the Police Cantonment Complex.
CNB has been collaborating with Institutes of Higher Learning to remind youths on the dangers of drug abuse and we are happy to work with NYP’s SIDM for this year’s SGCC. The competition provides a good platform for CNB to engage youths to develop games and spread the anti-drug message to their peers while increasing their own anti-drug knowledge at the same time. We are impressed by the work of these secondary school students, whose fun and creative approach to this serious message makes it so much more accessible and enjoyable for their peers – Ms Gillian Ong, Director Communications Division, CNB
The participating teams were offered a series of training workshops at NYP where they were taught how to design and program their game prototypes and the top 30 teams were selected for the finals. Team CHIMMICHANGA beat the other teams to win the top prize for their game, “Valour” – a first person role-playing game which follows a character, Jayson, who tries to convince his friend to curb his drug addiction, but encounters many other challenges and adventures along the way.
The SGCC is an excellent opportunity for secondary students to learn more about digital media development and games creation. At NYP, we are thrilled to share our knowledge and expertise with these talented and creative students to further develop many fun and exciting games online, while educating the youths and public on the anti-drug message. Congratulations to all participants! They have done an outstanding job and the future of the gaming industry certainly looks bright! – Mr Daniel Tan, Director, NYP SIDM
Victoria School’s Neuromania by Pivotato and Hwa Chong Institution’s Keyboard Warriors by Overlord, won second and third place respectively.