Role-Playing Video Game Creation

Computer science major Ryan Osbaldeston ’13, spent summer 2012 at EMC, a global leader in Cloud Computing and Big Data analysis, learning valuable programming techniques that will aid the beta testing phase of his honors and LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) project. Ryan’s project involves creating a Role-Playing Video Game using the Creation Kit, a graphical and physics engine developed by Bethesda Softworks and used for games such as the winter 2011 blockbuster Skyrim. He is building a computer capable of handling both the graphical demands of the engine and a small server that will eventually host the game online for the beta-testing phase of the project. The game will have a short storyline which will be closely aligned with his 500-page fantasy novel, which he is editing as part of an independent study. Ryan’s EMC supervisor was Tom Hudgins.