30 January 2012
Two outstanding SIT-DigiPen students, Lim Ee Siang and Sean Chan, won recognition with their original game entitled Pixi in the Independent Games Festival (IGF) 2012 held in San Francisco, CA. IGF 2012 is part of the annual Game Developers Conference – the largest annual gathering of the indie video game industry where the best independent video game developers are recognised for their original work.
Pixi is a strategic defense 2D action game for Windows PC that was selected, out of 300 game entries, as one of the eight winners of the Student Showcase category. In total, this year’s IGF Student Competition received nearly 300 game entries across all platforms – PC, console and mobile – from some of the most prestigious universities and game programmes from around the world.
The aim of the game is to command flocks of little Pixi by drawing arrows on the background that tell the Pixi where to go. The game features several modes: normal, survival and even a sandbox mode where players are free to play with the Pixi alone.
Alongside Pixi, three other DigiPen games from DigiPen’s main campus in Redmond were also named Student Finalists and received honorable mentions. Nous, also a Student Showcase winner, will be competing alongside Pixi against six other projects for the title of Best Student Game. The IGF will announce the final winner at its Award Ceremony on 7 March 2012. Nitronic Rush and Be Good received honourable mentions in the same category.
Details of this year’s DigiPen student winners can be found at the DigiPen website at https://singapore.digipen.edu/gallery/games/.
SIT Admission Exercise
SIT’s admission period will open on 1 February 2012. Interested students can apply via the SIT website at www.SingaporeTech.edu.sg. SIT takes a holistic approach in assessing applicants, taking into consideration academic results, extra-curricular interests and the candidate’s passion and personal qualities. Relevant work experience will also be considered and all shortlisted applicants will be assessed through interviews. For specific programmes, students may also have to submit portfolios or essays.
About Singapore Institute of Technology
SIT was established by the Ministry of Education in 2009 to offer undergraduate degree programmes primarily for polytechnic graduates. In partnership with various reputable overseas universities, SIT has brought to Singapore some of the world’s top industry-focused degree programmes targeted at growth sectors of the economy.
Through a unique tripartite collaboration with its overseas university partners and the five local polytechnics, SIT represents a new model that is set to become a key pillar of university education. SIT also adopts a distributed campus model to allow greater synergy and efficiency. Through this model, SIT’s degree programmes will be housed within an SIT building in each of the polytechnics to cater to an intake of at least 2000 full-time students per academic year by 2015.
DigiPen Institute of Technology (DigiPen)
As the first school in the world to offer a bachelor's degree in video game development, DigiPen Institute of Technology (DigiPen) is a pioneer and global leader in the field of interactive digital media education. DigiPen has earned a reputation for cultivating exceptional programmers, designers, and artists who are ready to face the challenges of creating leading-edge software and entertainment media for a demanding consumer audience.