Emigh designs, programs sequel to popular video game
A popular video game has a sequel thanks in part to a Media School professor and his students.
Media School lecturer Will Emigh helped design and program Alphabear: Hardcover Edition this summer and had several game design students help him with the new version. In the game, players spell out words from letters in a grid and receive bears and points. As the number of bears and points earned increases, players have more advantages for future play time, and the bears repeat words back in unexpected and witty ways. While developing the game this summer, several game design students playtested it to find issues before the release.
The original Alphabear has been downloaded more than 4 million times and won numerous awards, including Google’s “Best Indie” award in 2016. The new version, released in August on gaming platform Steam, includes new features, including harder levels and random daily boards.