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Serious Games Tour of QinetiQ

Serious Games Tour of QinetiQ

Serious Games Tour of QinetiQ

15-Sep-2011


Game Development and Visual FX aren’t the only industries AIE graduates can enter. Virtual reality and simulation software is here now and it is the domain of the ‘Serious Game’.

AIE students recently had the opportunity to visit the Coal Services’ Wollongong VR training facility. The tour of the facility allowed programming and art students to see how their skills can be applied to simulation software. An increasing number of industries are hiring game developers to replace boring PowerPoint slides with an immersive, safe and interactive training environment. Employees are able to train in real life scenarios and receive instant feedback on how they are performing.

Students were provided with a demonstration of the 360 degree VR training simulator where six 3D projectors and a massive screen surrounded the students allowing them to become immersed in the training environment. Guided through 2 training scenarios in 3D highlighted the many applications of this technology. One demonstration started at bottom of an open pit mine setting up a landing pad for an incoming rescue helicopter, then with the push of a button students were in the passenger seat of the approaching chopper allowing students to see how their actions affect the rescue.

Second year students; currently mid way through their major game assignment were provided with a demonstration of how the same engine they are learning in class is powering the VR Training simulator.Students had the opportunity to discuss the challenges of completing a project on such a large scale. Having unfortunately left our copy of Dead Space back at the campus, we were unable to simulate an experience on the USG Ishimura on the 360 degree screen.