8th September 2005




Four students who created a successful modification of a popular computer game are to graduate from the University of Lincoln next week.


Christopher Janes, Richard Coen, Keith Duke-Cox and John Roberts, all final-year Games Computing students, are responsible for ‘The Hidden’, a modification to the commercial game ‘Half Life 2’.


They were helped by second-year student Angus McIntyre and Mark Wherret, a graduate of the Games Computing course who first started work on the modification four years ago before passing it on to his fellow students.


“Mark recently spent some time working for us as a learning advisor and passed the game concept and code on to the current students for further development,” said Mark Doughty, programme leader for Games Computing at the University of Lincoln.


“Since then, their modification has been a great success – it has been featured in the specialist gaming press and has been played by many gamers online worldwide.”


The game pitches IRIS (Infinitum Research Intercept Squad) against a crazed escaped failed genetic experiment called Subject 617.


As the IRIS team close their net around him, Subject 617 – known as The Hidden –

must turn the tables, becoming the hunter instead of the hunted.


This year’s cohort of Games Computing students are the first to graduate in the subject from the university.


They will receive their degree certificates at an undergraduate awards ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral at 11.30am on Tuesday 13th September.



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