Category Archives: Play

Want to work in the Video Game Industry? Become a Game Tester!

Despite our 3dedrats month long October event drawing to a close, the MacICT game design team is still very busy. We have extended our Level Up! Game Design bootcamps and they are now running throughout November and early December. The team have also begun research and development on new projects so, say tuned for more information about these. Arising out of our Game On festival, we have entered into a collaboration with the indie studio, Bubble Gum Interactive to give students we work with, an opportunity to be a play tester on a real game and impact it’s development. Data from this collaboration will be shared and MacICT will use the data to improve the activities and opportunities we provide students within the Game2Design projects and workshops.

In addition to providing an authentic context for learning through our workshops and projects, one of our aims is to highlight the career opportunities in the video game industry. Through our collaboration with Bubble Gum Interactive, we are able to offer students an authentic opportunity to be a play tester for a real game, Little Space Heroes. While there are opportunities around for people to be play testers, through this collaboration, we can provide scaffolding and support to help make this experience more constructive. Little Space Heroes provides a safe, moderated environment primarily for children aged between 6 and 12 years. Having access to the type of feedback provided by students will enable the our team to design more effective experiences within our workshops and projects. If you are interested in being a play tester find out how on MacICT’s Innovative Teaching blog.


Play 3dedrats

Welcome to Rat HQ.  We know that many creative rats live amongst us and we want to give you the opportunity to have your moment in the sun and, to us it is vital that this happens right now.

3dedrats is run by the Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre, but our three rats are leading the way.  There is P13d.P1p3r our gamer rat, M.A.X. our robot rat and Nazumi our scientist rat who also has a keen interest in virtual worlds.

Three lab rats from the future who are a result of an experiment that went wrong.  Over a period of time their abilities increased to the point where they were the most intelligent living things on our planet in 2050.

As they increased in intelligence they realised how desperate the situation was.  Plants that are needed for medicine are scarce, natural resources exhausted, food depleting, temperatures soaring and sea levels rising.  In 2050 the earth is dying and we can’t do anything to turn back time.

The rats decided the only possible thing they could do is send clones of themselves back in time to prevent this CATastrophic vision of the future.

The rats have researched this point in history and found that there is a key turning point or opportunity for us to transform this possible reality.  In order for us to avoid this future we have to catalogue and develop our skills to be able to handle problems and create solutions.

The rats have analysed the data and they have found technologies of our time such as games, robotics, mobile devices and virtual worlds are the key to averting our chaotic future.

We need to form a critical mass of young minds who are skilled and passionate and able to lead the change into the future.  We want you to join the 3dedrats and show us your potential.

Remember a big part of this festival is about spreading the message of innovation and creativity.  You can become a member of the Rat Race by:

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  • Attending one of our world first innovation events or ‘RAT LABS’
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