Epic Games/NVIDIA Tour Takes Gamers to Unreal School

Epic Games, co-creator of the popular Unreal game franchise, and NVIDIA Corp. will hit the road with the $1,000,000 NVIDIA Make Something Unreal Buzz Tour, a nationwide educational tour for would-be game developers interested in getting a head start on their first million.

NVIDIA is hosting a year-long contest that will award $1,000,000 to the person who develops the best mod (a new game or add-on created with tools from the original title) using the Unreal Tournament 2003 Game Engine. The tour will include free seminars providing valuable tips and tricks that can be used for entries into the "$1,000,000 NVIDIA Make Something Unreal" contest. More information about the contest can be found at www.makesomethingunreal.com.

The 12-city tour will travel to iGames game centers around North America. The tour kicks off in Miami, FL. on Sept. 2 and wraps up in Seattle, WA on Oct. 3. For complete details of the tour, including tour locations, event times, and other information, visit http://www.igames.org/unreal_buzz.asp.

The Buzz Tour seminars are led by Jason Busby, creator of the www.3dbuzz.com site, as well as www.masteringunreal.com, a site containing more than 100 hours of free downloadable Video Training Modules (VTMs) geared toward educating users on how to program and build content using the Unreal Tournament Game Engine. The Buzz Tour will offer several sessions on level designing, developing outdoor environments, creating with Unreal Script programming language, using the Karma Physics Engine to generate animated and interactive objects, and using Matinee to create non-interactive movies. Each participant will also get an overview of the terminology, techniques and technology behind the Unreal Tournament Game Engine.

In addition to the Buzz Tour, Epic Games is sponsoring Unreal University, a day-long event at North Carolina State University on September 21. During this session, modders from around the world will gather to hear from Busby and Epic Games developers on how to develop with the Unreal Tournament Game Engine. More info will be available soon at www.makesomethingunreal.com.