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Games Design students impress at IBM conference

Published: 5 April 2018
IBM speech to text Watson

BA (Hons) Games Design and Art students recently spoke at the IBM conference at the Rise in London, to outline the design and creation of their game, Bank Boss, developed using speech recognition through IBM’s famous ‘Watson’ AI.

Back in November 2017 our Games Design & Art students began their collaborative project with IBM, utilising their speech-to-text platform ‘Watson’ to build a game using this technology.

The students worked initially in conjunction with Graphic Arts students to develop creative ideas for the gameplay, before focusing on the development of the plot and the role of speech-to-text technology in the game. After testing many formulas in their prototypes, the students split into teams (artists and coders) to bring the game to life.

The game itself is a comedy wherein the player undertakes the role of a bank manager trying to handle PR relations through her ever suffering assistant “Jeff”.

The project was an excellent opportunity for the students to get hands-on experience working on an industry brief, through learning new software and completing the assignment within tight deadlines.

To hear more from the students themselves, visit the Games Design & Art student blog: https://medium.com/@gamesdesignart/ibm-watson-wsa-game-jam-c112234b84e5

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