Although most of you probably don’t know it, an exciting school competition has just taken place. Children in top set Literacy in Thorp Academy, formerly Ryton Comprehensive, in Gateshead were given an ever-so-simple design brief: to create a concept for a video game.

The competition was on. The students worked in teams to create levels, characters, techniques and interactivity with the hope of winning a fantastic prize. Here is a basic set of guidelines.

  1. Character Sketches
  2. 1st level map layout
  3. Music can be added
  4. Title that is original (doesn’t already exist)
  5. Suitable content

Gateshead Libraries Andrew Hodgkinson hosted the presentation night which was on the 5th of February and at Gateshead Central Library, where the four Thorp teams went head-to-head, while two teams from other schools came with their designs in hand too. There was a vintage Xbox and a SEGA Megadrive II, refreshments and even a gamer quiz to complete before the presentation began.

Each team took it in turns to give a speech about their games. There was; a game about a tower with rising water, a moderately scary game about dreams, a game based on the book ‘The School for Good and Evil’, a game about a multi-dimensional shift, and that was just the beginning.

After a short interval to allow the judges from Gateshead College decide, it was revealed that Thorp Academy managed to snag 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!

The prize for the winning team was a £20 Amazon gift voucher and was given at the Gamerama event at Gateshead College. The event included games such as Super Mario Bros. and Pac-Man, Star Wars characters and fun hands on activities. The event was held by Anime Attacks in conjunction with Gateshead libraries.

So, if you’re feeling creative, why not have a go at next year’s Gamerama?


Lucas K (A student at Thorp Academy)