National quantum-themed competition for game designers

A day in the lab. Image by Virginia Frey

A day in the lab. Image by Virginia Frey

Calling all super-powered super-positioners, imminent doom evaders and local uncertainty crash entanglers!

It’s game-on for budding game developers to jump into the weirdly wonderful world of quantum physics.

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems - led by the University of Queensland - is calling for quantum physics fans to enter their Quantum Games competition.

UQ PhD candidate Michael Kewming said the competition was open to inspired game developers, problem solvers and intuitive scientific minds.

“We’re calling on all quantum physics fans to develop a quantum-themed computer game where superpowers can be used for good. The games must use some of the themes of quantum mechanics ,” Mr Kewming said.

“Last year we saw games ranging from Quantum Pong to platform games where the hero could ‘tunnel’ through walls.

“We can’t wait to see what developers come up with next!”

The competition is calling for individuals and teams to be game-ready by January 2020.

The first prize is $1500 and the Quantum Games competition will accept games that run on the common platforms - web, Android, Mac, PC, or iOS.

To enter, you need to create the game and film a short video showcasing gameplay. The full requirements, details and help from a quantum physicist can be found here.

Michael Kewming, s4477391 [at] student.uq.edu (p) au , +61 448 753 933; Tara Roberson, comms [at] equs (p) org .


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