BBC New Media Manchester produces a number of web and
multimedia projects for the BBC and other television companies. Their
developers are primarily designers who have learnt some development skills.
When they first contacted Alpha Training in 2002, they were faced with
a project that pushed the skills of their in-house developers and they
turned to us for help.
project was an athletics game to be produced for the BBC Commonwealth
Games website. The in-house team were designing the product but needed
a developer to implement the design. The project was developed using Macromedia
Flash. Their staff use Flash a lot, they are good animators but had limited
skills in actionscript programming. Having discussed the project with
them, our web design trainer and consultant Richard Lord started by providing
two days training in actionscript development, covering game-play and
motion physics. As a result of this, the in-house development team were
able to do much of the development themselves.
The in-house developers did all of the design and some of the basic programming
before passing the files over to Richard. He did the programming for the
core elements of the game, which allows the user to compete in seven different
athletics events including running, jumping and throwing events. When
the programming was completed Richard passed the files back to them for
delivery to the client. Inevitably, the client requested some last minute
changes and Richard assisted in the implementation of these before sign-off
and final delivery.
finished product, the Denise Lewis Heptathlon Game, is online here.
On their site of the greatest
100 online games, FHM Magazine describe the game as a "Keyboard
wrecking meisterwerk. A flawless tribute to the ancient arcade classic
Track and Field".
Following this project, Richard has continued to work with BBC New Media
Manchester, training their staff in beginners level Macromedia Director,
programming a desktop toy for one of their clients (the Kylie Snowglobe
for That Gay Show) and advising on future projects including brainstorming
ideas for them to pitch to potential clients.
Most recently, Richard did the programming for a pinball game they were
producing for Eastenders. The game is developed in shockwave and incorporates
realistic motion physics and accurate collision detection, resulting in
an absorbing game which "feels like the real thing". This game,
Queen Vic Pinball, is online here.
If you would like to find out more about web
design training or consultancy please do not hesitate to contact us. To
see a sample of our internet & web design courses click here,
and to see a sample of our Macromedia courses click here.
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