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GamesCast 015 – Interview with Torchbearer about porting Flux8 to the Nintendo Switch

So this Friday 29th May sees the Nintendo Switch release of Flux8, although if you can’t wait you can preorder now at

We were very lucky to have some of the team from Torchbearer join us this week to talk a little about the challenges of porting the PC version (still available on Steam to Nintendo Switch. We were joined by founder Pete and Jon and programmer Matt who worked in Canalside Studios on the original PC version.

Jon and Pete are graduates of our Computer Games Programming route and founded Torchbearer during their placement year on the Enterprise Placement Year. Matt is also a graduate of the Computer Games Programming course.

Join Matt and I discussing Flux8 and comparing the differences between the PC and Switch versions.

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Major Wins At Game Republic Student Showcase 2020 (GamesCast 014)

Game Republic Student Showcase 2020 took place on Tuesday 26th May – we are extremely proud to report that our students did amazingly well yet again.

Our students won:

First Prizes! (3/5)

First prizes for Best Game Design (4th year running) and Best Team (6th year running!) goes to:

  • Wibble Wabble Wobble – Team Spaghetto
    • Art / Design – David Lambert, Joe Taylor, Jason Morley, Bradley Lagota
    • Programming – Lewis Scrivens, Mark Booth, Sonny Blyth

Watch our interview and playthrough of Wibble Wobble Wabble here:

First prize for Best Art and Animation (4th time of the last 5 years.) goes to:

Example of his work:

Second Prizes! (3/5)

Second prizes for Best Team, Best Technology and Best Audio goes to:

  • Regal Mortis – Team Chanco
    • Art / Design – Alex Chan, Reece Kuby, Kial Oliver-Gibson
    • Programming – Oliver Sheard, Jack Hurst, Bradley Pratt

Watch our interview and playthrough of Regal Mortis here: 

Third Prizes (1/5)

Third prize for Best Art and Animation goes to:

Example of some of his work

The Game Republic Student Showcase competition has been running since 2009 initially being a regional competition for Yorkshire and Humberside it has expanded over the years to encompass much of the North. Entries came in from as far afield as Staffordshire, Sunderland and Hull, making it the most geographically diverse competition that Game Republic has yet hosted.

We even spared some time from the regular weekly blog to discuss the wonderful results with some of the winners…

Full details here:

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GamesCast 013 – Team Project Games #2

Once again we’re talking about the final year team project games… only 1 this week. We’re joined by the lead designer David and programmer Sonny to discuss Wibble Wobble Wabble, a multiplayer network game where you grab melee and ranged weapons and try to dispatch the other players, with a comedy twist on the player movement! As you’ll see, it’s lot of fun, we only wish it lasted longer.

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GamesCast 012 – Team Project Games #1

So we’re going to spend a few weeks looking through the team project submissions from final year students. Here the team, joined by some of the students, talking about, and playing, 2 of the games. There are 6 in total so there’ll be more to see in the coming weeks.

Also, see our live reaction to the announcement of Unreal Engine 5 and our news of Flux8 preorders being live for Nintendo Switch!

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