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If watching behind the scenes videos of massive gaming projects doesn't give aspiring designers enough envy, seeing what some student geniuses are up to in the world of indie games should do it. With far more limited resources, the young finalists of Microsoft's Imagine Cup competition have still been able to make incredible strides in creating innovative worlds and stories.
Microsoft has now announced the 10 final teams. They come from all over the world and have developed the best in student games. The competition will conclude July 8-11 in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the finalists will compete for the $50,000 top prize.
86 teams in total will be heading to Russia for the finals of all of the Imagine Cup competitions. The other categories include innovation and world citizenship. All categories focus on creating software, applications, and games using various Windows based technology.
The titles developed are for Windows tablets, Windows 8 software, and Windows phones. While the preferred genres and native languages of all the teams vary, the 10 finalists of the game design competition all share a common trait of brilliance.
The finalists set to compete are:
Team Quad Damage of the competition's final destination, Russia, have created LaserCraft. LaserCraft uses Windows phone technology and sensor-equipped guns and vests to create a multiplayer game experience using scenarios like capture the flag.
To follow the teams and see which title wins, check out the Imagine Cup website.