The Philippine representative to the Microsoft Imagine Cup, a team named By Implication, won the first place in the game design category with their entry, Wildfire. The members of the team are Philip Cheang (ADMU), Wilhansen Li (ADMU), Rodrick Tan (ADMU), and Levi Tan-Ong (UP) and is mentored by Kenneth Yu (DLSU).
“Wildfire is a game about saving the world. Opponents like rampant poverty, gender inequality, inadequate education and environmental degradation cannot be defeated by marching armies, secret potions or magic swords. This is a game about how they can be defeated.
Through volunteerism, social interaction, and nonviolent activism, players will explore a sprawling urban landscape, building up grassroots support and seeking legislation on key Millennium Development Goals. Standing in their way are the menacing “agents,” representing the various forces opposing positive societal change.
Wildfire’s ultimate goal is not only to offer a challenging, immersive gameplay experience, but also to promote universal awareness of the UN MDG’s, and how they can be achieved through concrete action.” – wildfire.byimplication.com
The game is planned to be released for download. (As what I’ve understood in the news report.) I hope this spark interest to other programmers and game designers out there. There are thousands of talented programmers and designers…and hackers.
- Windows XP / Vista / 7
- XNA 3.1 Runtime, .NET 3.5 framework
- Core Duo 2GHz, 1GB RAM (or higher)
- Graphics Card with Pixel Shader 2.0
Watch the demonstration of two versions of the game.