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1. Who is the IT Game Programming Competition for?

The program is designed for students who are currently enrolled at Community colleges or High Schools within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each contestant and substitute must be a student enrolled in either a:

a. Community college, an associated degree program at the sponsoring institution with at least a six-credit-hour course load; or

b. High School, at least sophomore level in a Virginia High School

2. How can we apply?

Each school may register up to two teams for the contest. Each team will be made up of up two to three students.

3. What are the requirements for the gaming CD?

There are no restrictions. We need to know the description of your game and how to install and run/play your program. Please submit a small description of the game. Judges should be able to run the program and see all code.

4. What are the programming languages allowed?

Any programming language or game development environment including but not limited to Java, C, C++, Visual Basic, Game Maker, or Slick. If you are planning to use something other than Java, C, C++, or Visual Basic, you will need to notify the contest director prior to the contest so that we can make sure that we can both view your source code and execute your game.

5. What kinds of operating system environment can we use?

Windows 7, Unix, or Mac OS X. If any other hardware such as joy stick is needed, those must be brought with the contestants to the competition. Entries may use all the capabilities of the computer.

6. Which building is the competition going to be held in?

The competition will be held in Davis Hall, Radford University Campus.

7. Where is a parking lot for contestants and coaches at Radford University?

Parking will be in parking lot A located in the front of Davis Hall. For more information on parking please visit our webpage at: http://www.radford.edu/visitru/index.html

8. What will the awards be?

A scholarship will be awarded to each member of the first place team for their first semester in the department of Information Technology at Radford University. Smaller scholarships will be awarded to members of the 2nd and 3rd place teams.

9. What is the team composition?

All team members must attend all contest activities as specified by the contest director. Activities include attending presentation of rules and regulations,

practice sessions, and activities. Failure to attend any of the designated contest events will result in automatic disqualification of the team and ineligibility for any prizes.

10. What if I have only two members in our team? Would it disqualify our team? Is it possible to have a two member team compete in the contest?

Each team may be made up of up to three students. You may compete with only two students and it will not disqualify your team.

11. Who is the coach?

In order to sponsor a team, the sponsoring institution will appoint one person, typically a faculty member, to serve as the team coach. This coach certifies the eligibility of contestants and serves as the official point-of-contact for the team prior to and during contest activities. The coach must register his or her team, complete with the names of all team-members and substitutes by the contest registration deadline. A team is not eligible to compete in the contest until the contest director has approved the team. Each team consists of two or three contestants selected from the pre-approved list. Each contestant and substitute must be a student enrolled in a Community College associate degree program at the sponsoring institution with at least a six-credit-hour course load or a full time High School Student.

12. What if our coach is not available on the day of the contest?

The coach is expected to attend or be available by phone during these contest activities. We will do everything in our power to assist you; however, failure to attend any of the designated contest events may result in automatic disqualification of the team and ineligibility for any prizes.

13. Who will the judges be?

Judges will be Radford University faculty and invited industry guests. Their decisions are final.

14. What time do we need to check in and where?

On-site registration will be from 7:00 to 7:15 pm on Friday in McGuffey Hall Room 206. The agenda is posted and updated: here

15. How is the competition judged?

Judging criteria will be interface design, documentation, playability, graphics, and level of difficulty, logic, originality, audio, presentation/demonstration, and professionalism. There are two steps in the gaming contest.

1. On Friday between 7:30 and 9:00 pm, all teams must give a 15 to 20 minute presentation about their game. The judges will select top two teams from the first round presentation.

2. On Saturday at 9:30 am, winners will be announced and at 3:00 pm the selected teams must demonstrate and play their games in front of the judges and other students. This demonstration will be a maximum of 15 minutes for each team.

16. How do we submit the game?

Game must be submitted on a CD and must be received by 5pm on Friday, one week before the competition, with complete documentation, including source code. Judges should be able to run the program and see all codes.

16. Are there any regulations on materials used in the game?

Game, complete source code, and documentation (including complete operating instructions) must be submitted on a CD and be received by Friday, one week before the competition. Teams may submit a modified, complete game program on CD at Registration on the day of the competition.

The Game and all contest submissions are original to the Participating Team. Participating teams must grant RU the right to use, copy, display, publish, and communicate the game for educational purposes.”

17. What criteria will the judges use to base the awards?

Interface design, documentation, playability, graphics, level of difficulty, logic, originality, audio, presentation/demonstration, and professionalism.

18. When will the awards be given out?

Awards will be given out at an Awards Ceremony at 3:30 - 4:00 pm on Saturday.

19. Are there hotels in the area?

Several excellent hotels are located less than a mile from our campus. Check the webpage at: http://www.radford.edu/AboutRU/Lodging.html

20. Where do I get driving direction to Radford University?

Check out our webpage at: http://www.radford.edu/AboutRU/Visiting.html for driving direction to Radford University.