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Computer game competition seeks teaching tool

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A competition has been going on in Buffalo all weekend, ending tonight, for the development of a video game. Mayor Brown was on hand for the opening of a new location in the Tri-Main Center for Buffalo Game Space, a non-profit video game design venue. The company provides tools and assistance for emerging game designers. Brown explains that the outcome of this competition will not yield the typical video game.

"The concept of a serious game is a game that can teach positive skills, good skills. So, we want to teach young people through this game positive life skills, employable skills, respect for diversity, love for Buffalo, and we want to then market and sell that game throughout the country and internationally."

There will be cash prizes for the finalists, with $5000 going to the overall winner. Round one of the “Serious Computer Game Design Competition” will end tonight at 7. Round two will be played out in April.

Proceeds from the sale of the winning game design will benefit youth programs in the city.