Young Toronto gamers show off at Level Up showcase

Ontario’s next generation of game designers will show off their creations — including a puzzle that allows players to control a shadow, and another game based in a completely colourless world — at Toronto’s Design Exchange on Wednesday night.

About 600 people are expected to attend the Level Up event, put on by graduating students at 12 colleges and universities from across Ontario.

Canada has the third-largest video game industry in the world, organizers said, and the event is a chance for students to rub elbows with industry professionals who will judge their work.

“We’re proud to highlight the dynamic graduates entering our evolving games industry,” said Steve Engels, Level Up co-organizer.

“It’s the only time and place where prospective employers can see our budding talent first-hand under one roof.”

The puzzle game, where players control a shadow that must find its way back to its owner, was developed by students at the University of Toronto.

Other University of Toronto students, alongside OCAD students, designed a game that takes place in a completely white world. Players must “throw” colours to make objects appear and progress through the game.

Students from OCAD U, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Centennial College, Humber College, Seneca College, Sheridan College, George Brown College, TriOS College, Brock University, Ryerson University and York University are also participating.

All the games can be played and afterward they’ll be judged by a panel of experts including representatives from NBC Universal, Microsoft, Big Viking Games, Uken Games, XMG Studio, and Zynga.

The free event begins at 5 p.m. Interested in attending? Find out more on the Level Up Facebook page or at the website.

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