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Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:26

Local video games on display at ArtPrize

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GRAND RAPIDS — If you want to see digital animation produced by Michigan developers, look no farther than ArtPrize 2012.

Two digital projects are among the 1,517 pieces entered in the annual art competition.

One such project is Reveal, the master’s degree game project developed by Michigan State University graduate Marie Lazar. ArtPrize voters can experience her game at GrandLAN Gaming Center in downtown Grand Rapids.

“It’s a first-person game that takes about 10 minutes to play,” she said. “You stand in a small room and deconstruct it layer by layer.”

Another local production entered in ArtPrize is “Northern Bend,” a multi-screen computer simulation of a 1900s-era Lake Michigan steamer displayed at Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theater. The entry was created by students, faculty and alumni of Ferris State University’s Digital Animation and Game Design Program.

[RELATED: Video game developers tap state film credit to compete]

“Northern Bend” features a captain standing on a simulated ship’s bridge and steering his steamer down a fictitious Michigan river to the city of Northern Bend. The captain cruises past lakeshore businesses of the era, seeing slices of life from the turn of the 20th century, and navigates through a busy harbor avoiding other ships and obstacles. He sets a course for Lake Michigan, where he encounters a beautiful sunset but soon experiences fog and rough seas. Careful navigation determines whether he clears the fog or collides with another vessel and sinks, becoming one of 1,500 documented Great Lakes Shipwrecks.

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