Macabre gaming festival at Digital Worlds Institute


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Zombie killing will be par for the course at the upcoming free macabre game festival being held at the Digital Worlds Institute on the University of Florida campus.

Gator Gaming will be facilitating the action in Digital World’s Polymodal Immersive Theater, or PIT, a large room filled with five 20 foot tall projection screens and surround sound. Zombie themed games, like “Left 4 Dead 2,” will be played starting at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28.

Ben DeVane, assistant professor of digital arts and sciences at Digital Worlds, said the idea of the festival was to help facilitate digital culture at UF and have some fun around Halloween. He said that being involved with groups like Gator Gaming creates a different type of learning environment.

“I like the energy and the ideas that the students bring,” DeVane said. “Being able to catch up with students that are really passionate about games and find out what’s really good out there that I should be playing and learning from as a designer is crucial.”

Vishan Persaud, a Gator Gaming administrator, said there were about 150 people at an event they held in the PIT over the summer, so he’s hoping for a similar turn out. He said that the most impressive part of the event will definitely be the use of the PIT.

“Those projectors really add a lot to your event,” Persaud said. “It’s basically a big visual effect when people walk in and the first thing they see is that big wall of games — it’s awesome.”

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