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Sheffield Hallam builds own game studio

Students remaking Zool for PS minis.

University videogame degrees are one thing - but an on-campus development studio? That's what Sheffield Hallam University now boasts.

There, under the watchful eye of tutors and special guests, students are busy recreating 1990s videogame hero Zool for today's trendy troops.

The best concept will be a decision for Ian Stewart, founder of Zool creator Gremlin Graphics, and Sumo Digital creative director Sean Millard. From there, the chosen project will be turned into a fully-fledged PlayStation minis game by the university studio.

Charles Cecil, a very friendly man who made Broken Sword and Beneath a Steel Sky, was also on hand to lend advice to would-be Ken Levines at Sheffield Hallam University.

Local lecturer Dr Jacob Habgood is dead chuffed.

"The lecture marks a new relationship between Sheffield Hallam and local developers Sumo-Digital, who have an industry heritage which dates back to the 1980s," he beamed.

"It also marks a new era in gaming education provision and knowledge exchange at the University in that we are now one of the few universities in the country to have an in-house development studio for our students."

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