SALT LAKE CITY - A video game developed by graduate students from the University of
Utah's Entertainment Arts and Engineering program will be published Friday and previewed Thursday at an open house, 4-7 p.m., in the
film and media arts building on the U campus. The event is free and open to the
game, "Last March of the Dodos," takes the 1991 hit video game, "Lemmings," and
turns it on its head. Instead of leading a group of lemmings through obstacles
to freedom, players of "Last March of the Dodos," with the aid of a friendly
land-shark, must rid the world of the dodos by placing obstacles in their path.
EAE program does more than just teach students about games," said Roger
Altizer, director of game design and production. "Students in this program make
quality games that companies are willing to publish. 'Last March of the Dodos'
follows a tradition of great Xbox and PC games developed at the U, and we
expect it will be a delight to audiences around the world."
PC game will be available for free download this Friday through Desura.com, a
digital software distributing company. It was developed by a team of nine
master's students who graduated from the U's EAE program in May. The team
included producers, designers, artists, animators and programmers. Since
graduation, Jesse Ferraro, producer and team lead, has continued working to
publish the game.
was surprised to learn how much work goes into bringing a game to production,"
he said. "I now understand why companies that develop and publish games often
spend just as much time and effort, if not more, on marketing and promotion
than on the development of the game."
Visitors to the open house on Thursday will have the opportunity to preview and play "Last March of the Dodos" and talk with Ferraro. The open house will also feature more than a dozen new games, including several medical research games created by EAE students.