Robots, Strategy, and Charity

Thirty students from the University of New Mexico have created a video game to benefit a charity for children with diabetes. The students developed Alloy, a video game that lets players create robots out of scrap metal in a barren wasteland. The created bots are then used to find power crystals that power other robots. The crystals are wanted by others, so the robots have to engage in come "capture the flag" style gameplay in order to secure the crystals.

The assignment was for the capstone course in the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media program. Once completed, the game will be available for free download online, but the game will give players the option to make a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Had the students opted to make money off the game, they would have had to share the revenue with the university, so it simply made more sense to make it a charitable endeavor.

Hannah Gillis, the game’s producer and a senior in the IFDM program, said the students made the decision to donate any proceeds to the foundation.

"We wanted to capitalize on the opportunity with a good cause. We felt like JDRF was a good choice. My 6-year-old cousin was diagnosed with Type 1 (diabetes) about a year ago, and our director has family members with Type 1 as well, so JDRF was kind of close to heart."

While most of the group’s leads are students in the capstone course, a majority of the game’s developers are not. The basic programming was done using Epic's Unreal Development Kit. Gillis said that along with raising funds, the game’s developers are working on the Beta release of the game, which will come out on April 8. The live release for the game is April 21. The game will be available at

Source: The Daily Lobo

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