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Congratulations!! Gaming Students & the Computer Gaming & Simulation Program Win Multiple Awards!!

MC/NOAA game is "Site of the Month" on and ESchool News sites!

MC's first feature length game (WaterLife: Where Rivers Meet the Sea) was featured as a site of the month on ("the Official Kids Portal for the US Government").

Kids dot gov site

WaterLife was also site of the week on and was featured on National Geographic Kids website:

National Geographic

Dan Rankin, MC Producer, wins local Emmy Award for movie about the MC Gaming & Simulation Program!

Congratulations to Dan for his Emmy Award win!

Computer Gaming & Simulation Program Wins Multiple Grant Awards

MC's Gaming and Simulation Program receives $4,000 a semester through a special contract award to develop educational games for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The team's first game was to create a game to educate students in Grades 6-8 about the importance of estuary environments.

The game features characters and an in-depth storyline about Valerie, a young girl, and her friends from the estuary (an otter, a clam, and a giant turtle). Players learn about trash disposal and recycling, clearing water blockages, and improving water quality. The project received additional funding from NOAA and the MC Foundation.

Play the game online:

WaterLife game was presented at the annual IGDA showcase in Baltimore

IGDA showcase

WaterLife was included in the annual IGDA showcase in Baltimore. Here, MC students have the honor of watching legendary game designer Sid Meier play their game!

CA190 student Matt D. wins best in-class game from Microsoft's Cy Khormaee

class getting award

Matt D, a student in Prof. Solomon's CA190 class, won an in-class competition to design a game during a single class session. Visiting guest speaker Cy Khormaee from Microsoft awarded him a copy of Gears of War for creating the best game during that class.

Students win First Place and $4000 at Games for Health Game Jam -- in both student and professional categories!

health game jam

The Games for Health Game Jam was held in October 2008. Professional and student teams competed overnight for $4000 in cash prizes. The winning team, who placed first in both professional and student categories,included several students who had graduated from MC's gaming program and transferred to the University of Baltimore gaming program at Shady Grove. Congratulations Alex, Mic, Brian and Derek as well as to all the other students who participated!
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MC Alum Wins First Place in Serious Games Competition!
Angel Inokon Levels Up From Pac-Man to Playfirst & Releases First Game

Many of you may remember Angel Inokon from our first Game Expo Day as the project manager of our live action game Pac-MC). After CA190, she went on to graduate school at Stanford, and won first place in an international "Serious Games" competition.

Outbreak game

Her winning game design, Outbreak, is "a pc-based simulation that immerses adults ages 18-35 in a bird flu pandemic. Players control every turn of the game using unique toy-based simulators to explore management, scientific and personal strategies." Read more at

Angel is now an Associate Producer at Playfirst Games in California. She recently shipped her first game title, Wedding Dash, an online game in the spirit of Diner Dash.

Wedding game

Read more about Angel in this feature article.

Alex Tran featured in MTV Game Contest for Best Student Games

Robot Invasion Alex Tran, a student in the new Montgomery College gaming degree program, was recently honored by MTV in a contest for "the best student produced online games". Alex was one of only nine students nationwide whose games were selected to be featured on MTV's website at:  Three of the nine were students from Maryland institutions! 

Alex's winning game allowed students to learn simple math skills... while shooting alien robots. Alex is currently working as an intern for the gaming program and is helping to create a game, designed by Prof. Deborah Solomon, which focuses on teaching students how to complete bibliographic citations correctly. Alex has also been working as a game tester for leading local game development company, Bethesda Softworks, since the beginning of the summer.

Macklin Business Institute First Place Award for Best New Business Idea

Macklin award

Montgomery College Gaming student, Richard Engram, won the 1st Place Award in the Macklin Business Institute's "Quick Pitch" Competition for having presented the best new business idea. The Competition was held on the Rockville campus on November 2, 2006.  A panel of three Judges, two from the business community & one University of Maryland representative, heard presentations from the contestants. 

In addition to the $250 first-place prize awarded to Richard, post-competition business advice will be given to help contestants further develop their proposed business projects. Richard's winning proposal was for a serious game called, "The Art of War: Global Business Team Management" -- the game proposal focuses on how military style strategy & ancient warrior principles can effectively be applied to modern day business team management.

CA195 Students Win International Gaming Award!

Gaming Students Win Second Place
in USC Public Diplomacy and Virtual Worlds Contest
USC gaming award
Jen, Mark & Steve accept the award in Los Angeles
(on behalf of the class team)

Hydro Hijinks game
Students in CA195 -- the first section ever offered by Montgomery College -- won Second Place in an international gaming contest sponsored by the University of Southern California's Public Diplomacy center. CA195 is a course about level design and building game worlds. The class of students designed their game in Second Life. The game was about resolving conflicts in international water rights. Three of the students were flown to the awards ceremony in Los Angeles, where they were also given free passes to the E3 gaming conference and a $2500 prize. View a video about the game (video by lead machinima artist, Jen Tonon.)

MC Students Test Games for Bethesda Softworks

Montgomery College students have been working with Bethesda Softworks (makers of hit game Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3) to help gaming students gain experience in the industry. Bethesda has hired many MC students to test games.

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