New webgame celebrates NTNU centennial

(19.02.2010) NTNU has released a new online game in conjunction with its 100th anniversary year.

The battle man

The launch of the online game "The Battle for the Future" is one of several highlights of NTNU's celebration of its 100th anniversary. The game gives NTNU a unusual new communication channel that illustrates how the university has helped create modern Norway over the last 100 years. It has been produced both in Norwegian and English.

Giants duel online
The game was launched with a giant online duel Friday on the big screen in NTNU's high-tech VR lab. The two duelists were the University of Oslo's Rector, Ole Petter Ottersen, and NTNU's Rector, Torbjørn Digernes. The confrontation, called "The rumble in the academic jungle", was designed to give the two leaders a chance to spar over the title of "Norway's best university".

The Battle for the Future
"The Battle for the Future" will hopefully be seen as both entertaining and educational. The game is played in an environment characterized by well-known Trondheim landmarks. The backstory is that a group that calls themselves "Optimists of the past"(OP) is trying to sabotage NTNU's laboratories. Our avatar and super hero - modeled after Rector Digernes - takes up the fight. Players are challenged to guide the super hero through the game's seven levels (laboratories). Along the way, the player encounters stories, research and facts related to NTNU's research.

"The Battle for the Future" is not designed to compete with massively multiplayer online games like the World of Warcraft or other professional games, but it is lots of fun. The game is primarily intended as a way of informing players about NTNU's work, with the information packed into the game itself. The game showcases the university's cutting edge research, with the seven game levels (laboratories) directly related to NTNU's priority areas of research. The information that players encounter during their journey through the game's world illustrates aspects of the role that the university plays in today's society.

The web-based game has been developed by NTNU and Terra Vision AS, a company created by two graduates of NTNU's Department of Computer and Information Science.

The rumble in the academic jungle

We brought together Torbjørn Digernes, NTNU rector, and Ole Petter Ottersen, University of Oslo, to fight (figuratively) the battle for the academic future. See the video here.