Dave Lee, a junior majoring in Visual Communication Arts at Liberty University, recently won first place in an international computer game design competition held by Massive Entertainment, a leading producer of games and interactive entertainment software.
The Malmo, Sweden, company, in conjunction with sponsor nVidia, announced an international 3D map design competition in April. The goal was to use Massive Entertainment’s design tools and software kit to create a multiplayer map for its World in Conflict game. Lee won the grand prize of $1,000 and two nVidia 9800 GTX graphics cards.
For his entry — a “Paradise” map — Lee first hand-molded the terrain features, which included a number of mountainous areas, several islands, a creek and several beaches. With the terrain in place, textures such as beach areas, jungle grass, dirt, cliff sides, underwater areas and gravel were added. View images of his winning projects here.
In a Massive Entertainment news release, representatives said his entry “features some of the best blending of custom graphics, game play design and original artistry seen yet within the World in Conflict Map-Making community. The sheer amount of work behind its creation sets this map apart from all others.”
Lee works in Resident Recruitment at Liberty and has contributed to the Digital Campus project on libertyu.com. He hopes to pursue a career in game development and 3D graphic design.
The VCAR major at Liberty includes classes in graphic design, desktop publishing, 2D/3D animation and studio art. The purpose is to prepare students with a theoretical and historical understanding of studio art or graphic design and give them the practical skills they need to work in these fields. The program emphasizes the importance of using professional skills to complement moral and ethical values.