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Bradley University bringing its gaming and arts to a showcase downtown

At Bradley University they have one of the top interactive media programs in the country.
Today we got a sneak peek at some of the games like ‘Apocolicious’ and ‘Hot Wings’ which are going to be featured in their upcoming expo.

Students at Bradley have been slinging pizzas, fighting aliens with a chicken, and learning cursive writing to keep the monsters in the library from escaping. This may sound like nonsense, but it’s all part of the interactive media program’s showcase for student-created games.

Bradley Junior Trent Lewis is a team leader for the first time, but this is his third FUSE expo.
“It was such a huge learning experience just getting to work with a team and then going and taking it to an event and see other people enjoy what I created,” explained Lewis.

Teams of students pitched, designed, coded, and created games of all different types — starting last November — including ‘Pizza Pop.’Team leader Warren Guiles explains the game this way: “The whole idea is that you’re serving up these pizzas, and pizzas are flying up in mid air and you’re shooting the toppings onto them.”

One of these games, ‘Nebula’, will be featured as a permanent exhibit at Peoria Riverfront Museum. Its an educational interactive game where you create your own planet, and learn about the environment its created with. Junior Kenzie Lindgren said, “Just watching people light up as they play it is really important. It gives feedback and people actually understand what you’re doing, even if they don’t 100% understand it they have a better idea and they get to see it for themselves.”

The ‘FUSE’ expo is more than a showcase for fun and games. Selena Pappas is a junior and the executive producer of FUSE — a 100% student driven event. Pappas explained, “A lot of times you hear about the ‘Bradley Bubble’ and there’s a huge disconnect between the community and the university. We’re still working on trying to bridge that gap between the Peoria community and the Bradley community.”

FUSE takes place next Saturday, April 27th from 10-5 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. The expo is free and open to the public.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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