AIE Ignites the SPARK

AIE Ignites the SPARK

AIE Ignites the SPARK


What do Linkin Park, a small band of kids on holidays and AIE all have in common? The answer to this riddle is that they all have the same interest in SPARK, Project SPARK that is.

The Beta version of Project Spark was released earlier this year and opened up a panacea for those who want to get their toes wet in game development. Both artist and programmer alike have been furnished with a tool that will allow the creation of worlds and adventures that are unlimited.

If you dream of creating your own games and love to build your own stories, Project Spark provides a powerful creation engine that unlocks world building through intuitive sculpting tools to shape and paint a new world, as well as a simple yet incredibly powerful visual programming language to make anything happen.
  • Have fun and unleash your digital creativity in an open sandbox
  • Create beautiful levels, worlds, scenes.
  • Create your own games, share them with the world:
- Adventure games
- RPGs
- Puzzle
- Shooters
- And more!

This April we ran a 2 day course for a trusty band of die-hard 10-15 yr olds who filled the room. The notion of working on new worlds and being able to collaborate with other game developers SPARKED their interest. Challenges of setting up a lab with Windows 8 and being able to obtain Xbox Live accounts for a group were overcome at the 11th hour which was a huge relief. 

Our program ran through understanding the Interface and then developed skills with Core Tools including:
  • Biomes   Enable the creation of worlds with an ‘all-in-one-brush’
  • Paint Tools Intuitive brushes that paint your surroundings
  • Sculpting Tools The terrain modellers favourite 
  • Props & Editing All the in-game objects belong here
  • Brain Editor The best part where you apply code to makes things work!
The course was a great success and is set to run again this holiday period in Canberra so look to enrol when the website is showing all the details for July courses.

If you are interested in seeing the power of Project SPARK and the Linkin Park video clip that was built with this technology then check out the following: