University of Montevallo students win game design awards

MONTEVALLO­—Three Game Studies and Design students at the University of Montevallo have been recognized by Game Career Guide for creating innovative games in their most recent Game Design Challenge: “Poetry in Motion.” The goal was to design video games based on famous poems.

Angel Diaz, of Bessemer, created “This Is Just To Say,” based on the poem This Is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams. The poem is an apology for eating a roommate’s plums that were saved in an icebox. The goal of the game is for the player to sneak into the icebox in his home and get the plums without waking his wife. Distractions and obstacles abound. The layout of the house changes with each new game, and the player can even design a new house and share it with other players.

Hannah Rish, of Indian Springs, designed “The Love Song of J. Alfred Profrock” around the poem by the same name, written by T.S. Eliot, in which the player attempts to help “Profrock” find a lady friend. If the interaction between the player and his “date” is pleasant, the player gains relationship points, but if that interaction is unpleasant, various obstacles appear, and the relationship may end.

Garret Roth, of Helena, formulated “Space Captain, My Captain!” based on Walt Whitman’s poem lamenting the death of Abraham Lincoln, O Captain! My Captain! This third-person action game, employing the excessiveness of Bollywood films and Japanese anime, is set during a space civil war and pits Abraham Lincoln, captain of the battleship Union, against the evil Space Wilkes Booth and the battleship Confederacy, as the Union completes its final mission. is a nationally recognized website for game design.