Mid Argyll Space Drifter arrives at Bafta

BAFTA have picked an 18 year old to be in the short list

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ARDRISHAIG teenager Calum McCartan is one of 20 youngsters shortlisted in a nation-wide game design competition for 10-18 year olds, writes reporter Katie Carabine.

Calum, 17, has been chosen as a finalist for the Game Making Award category in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Young Game Designers (YGD) competition with his game, Space Drifter.

­This is an adventure game where players can pilot a spaceship through an asteroid field, combatting waves of attacking enemies.

BAFTA have picked an 18 year old to be in the short list
BAFTA have picked an 18 year old to be in the short list

The winners of awards for game making and game concept across two age categories will be announced at a special award ceremony at BAFTA headquarters in London on July 23.

Winners will receive a host of prizes including having their game further developed by industry experts.

BAFTA will also be presenting a YGD Hero Award for support for young games designers by an industry professional or development team. This year this will be received by Media Molecule, makers of games like LittleBigPlanet.

There will also be A YGD Mentor Award presented to an individual who has been nominated by the public for involvement with education of young game designers. The winner of this will be announced at the award ceremony.