School of Communication Conducts its First Gaming Event: Ground Zero
MANIPAL: School of Communication (SOC) conducted its first ever gaming pre-event, Ground Zero, in its premises for the animation department’s upcoming fest, Artifex, on October 27 and 28. The event was declared open by Anjaneya Prasad, the faculty coordinator of the department, in the presence of the director of the institution Dr Padma Rani, and Balaji AC, head, Department of Animation.
The two-day event comprised of a total of 11 gaming events which included Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fifa 2k19, Injustice 2, Mini Militia, Dota 2, Dragon Ball Z Fighter, Tekken 7, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, NFS Most Wanted, WWE 2k19, Mortal Kombat XL.
The pre-event coincided with the celebration of World Animation Day which is held on October 28. In a first of its kind, an entire event was dedicated for gaming. “We have a huge gamer community and a lot of people within our own department have shown interest in not just playing but also developing the game. So, it made sense to mix academics with the interest of common people of Manipal. There has been a popular demand for an event like this,” said Baisil Kunjumon, program planner for the event.
With more than 200 registrations, the event received a positive response, although, it did face a few hiccups. Being first-timers, the event got a commendable number of registrations not only at the info-desk set up at the student plaza but also during the on-spot registrations and the organisers were happy with the turnout. However, the participants felt that there was a lack of competition as there were not many teams to compete against. “We really like the fact that it’s a full-fledged gaming event. Being conducted for the first time, we really like it in terms of bigger rooms and the lightings. However, there were a lot of technical issues and we wished there were more participants as there were only four or five teams to compete against,” said Karthik Mallya and Sreerag Mahadevan, students of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) and participants at the event.
Apart from online gaming, Ground Zero also had other recreational activities lined up, like the preview of manga and comic books, offline games like monopoly, battleship, sorry, diplomacy and a fun-filled night where the volunteers celebrated their event by dancing their hearts out.
The fest, which is in its second year, was started the previous year by the current final year students to celebrate 10 years of animation in MAHE (Manipal Academy of Higher Education). The three-day event focuses on introducing various concepts of animation to the general public by conducting workshops on how traditional animation is done and elaborating on 3D animation. “This time, we are planning for a bigger and better event. The main event is going to be a little different from the last year and will be grand this time,” Baisil concluded.
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Edited by: Drishti Sanyal