Let the Gaming Begin

Gaming. For some people this means Pac-Man in an arcade in their teens. For others, such as the Gaming Club at ECPI University’s Virginia Beach campus, it means the opportunity to create its own role-playing game. The club set out to create “Truth Sayer,” which is set in medieval times and follows a person who is attempting to discover why the world is in ruins. Ultimately, he discovers it is because no one tells the truth, that there are no truth sayers.

It began with a group of students who had participated in a few workshops and stayed after class a few additional hours to work on the development of the game. After being self-taught in Unity, John Di Bona, now an ECPI graduate, taught his fellow students the program. Unity is a game development program, and it was because of John’s experience with the program that he is now employed at MYMIC, a high-technology business specializing in training analysis, simulation, modeling, and computer visualization solutions for the military. “Even though I’ve graduated I still participate as I want to see this thing through since I initiated the process,” said John.

There are now about 20 students who have contributed. “We want people who have a genuine desire to create a game and not just because it is in their field,” explained John of the team. “It is a lot of work, but it is also a lot of fun.”

“It’s been a huge learning experience with the skill set needed often exceeding our experience, but we learn as we go,” said John. The entire process will take about 12 to 18 months with the ultimate goal to sell the game for the personal computer or Macintosh.