April 25, 2006

The Orange County Register

UCI team takes second place in computer-game competition

By Greg Hardesty

Four UC Irvine students finished second in a national competition to create a computer game that would appeal to girls in middle school and high school.

The team beat six other entrants in the "Games 4 Girls" contest last weekend at the University of Illinois but fell to a group from Cornell University.

The UCI students - Tam Dang "Tammy'' Phan, Lu Qian "Lucy" Zheng and Ray Ray Shen, all 20, and Elizabeth "Lizzy" Kim, 21 - spent three months creating "Eterative Tale," a role-playing game about a girl who vies to become a scholar while a queen battles an alliance that is out to quash her.

The UCI students, who called themselves AssemblyLine, were the subject of a recent Morning Read feature in The Orange County Register.

Comments from high school girls who played "Eterative Tale" as part of the judging included "insane graphics," "interesting story," "really nice art'' and "the plot and the graphics are amazing, and they are fun to play."

The "Games 4 Girls" contest is intended to spark interest among girls in the male-dominated computer sciences.
UCI team takes second place in computer-game competition