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2:41 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

TU Computer Gaming Expo More Than Fun and Games

Credit Heartland Gaming Expo

The University of Tulsa hosts the second annual Heartland Gaming Expo this weekend.

It’s a showcase for computer game development in the state, and there’s a 24-hour competition for teams to build a game based on a surprise theme. Expo chair and computer sciences assistant professor Roger Mailler said those skills have scientific uses, too.

"Because it's often too expensive to re-create the surface of Mars, right? So we have to create a simulator," Mailler said. "The technology and the skills that it takes to build a game are right at the very top of our discipline in computing sciences."

The event also showcases games as art and features a competition to set a high score on a game players won’t see until they get in front of the screen.

Mailler said his department knows game development is a big deal.

"The computer science has voted to move forward with a proposal to start a gaming major at the University of Tulsa, starting in 2015," Mailler said.

The expo opens at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow and Sunday. It's free and open to the public.