A 3D representation of 17th century London before the Great Fire of London

Pudding Lane Productions – a group of students from De Montfort University has won this year’s Off The Map Competition.

This was the first I had heard about the Off the Map Competition. Projects like this can spark a young person’s interest in history and game creation – and where better to find information on these two subjects than in the library?

Off the Map is a unique collaboration, an exciting invitation, a new kind of student competition.

Bringing together the peerless collection of the British Library, the bleeding edge technology of Crytek’s CryENGINE® and the cultural platform of GameCity – it’s an invitation to a select group of undergraduate students to stretch their imaginations and refine their talents within a creative context.

In this launch year, teams of students in the UK are being invited to be inspired by a specially curated set of maps, each one hand-picked for the Off the Map challenge by experts at the British Library.

Using the power of Crytek’s free CryENGINE® 3 SDK, the teams are invited to explore these assets and make their own creative responses. With no restrictions or strict rules dictating the process, the main goal for participants is simply to surprise us, challenge us and take us somewhere new – off the map.

I will be watching the competition in future years and (hopefully) involve a group of students here in shadowing future participants. This may hopefully spark a future in digital creation.

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