Villanova Department of Computing Sciences

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

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The Villanova Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) was featured WHYY’s The Pulse. Professor Frank Klassner and Freshman Computer Science major Charles Walberg were both interviewed by WHYY's The Pulse to explore the CAVE's potential as a classroom facility. Villanova's CAVE comes courtesy of a $1.67 million National Science Foundation grant, which covers the cost of the unit, along with a $15,000 hi-resolution camera that can be used to create original content. During the interview Professor Klassner displayed a virtual model of a newly renovated lounge and study area on campus. Charles Walberg responded to his experience in the CAVE by stating, "I'm really blown away by a) how similar it looks to the room I've actually been in before, and then b) I guess, just how real it looks, how lifelike everything is." More...

This presentation is part of our department colloquium series. Everyone is invited to attend.

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Senior Projects 2014 2D Game Development

There are many frameworks available for iOS 2D game development such as Unity, Corona, SpriteKit, Cocos2D etc... Many people are turned off from learning these frameworks because they seem really complicated. The purpose of my project to create a couple iOS 2D games using Cocos2D and SpriteKit and perform a comparison of these two frameworks. The reason for a comparison between Cocos2D and SpriteKit is that most game on the App Store are created using Cocos2D, and on the other hand, SpriteKit is Apple's 2D game development framework that was based off Cocos2D. It would be interesting to see the pros and cons of each framework side by side. For my first iOS game - Drop Blocks! visit this link: https://bitly.com/a/bitlinks - I used Cocos2D, it is a very simple game where blocks will move back and forth on the top of the screen and the user will tap the screen to drop the blocks. The user will be able to gain points and erase blocks if the blocks are matched with 3 or more same color blocks horizontally or vertically.

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