“Wouldn’t It Be Cool If…?” Turning Ideas Into Virtual Reality

Computer programming takes our 3D models from static artifacts to dynamic, immersive 3D environments. What’s a game without programmers? A photograph! Our team’s motto “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” starts the creative phase of dreaming up scenarios for the game. It’s the level designers, 3D modelers, and programmers who bring these ideas to life inside…

Introducing VR Hoover Dam to the Classroom

By Michelle Turk Ph.D., Department of History, UNLV Writing a game narrative and imagining how to integrate it into a classroom setting takes an open mind and a lot of collective creativity. Dr. Michelle Turk is a historian of occupational health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and author of Gambling with Lives:…

Being Realistic: 3D Models and Modelers for VR Hoover Dam

Each artifact and environment in our game requires time and creativity from digital artists – specifically 3D modelers. In the VR Hoover Dam game, players will find themselves surrounded by objects they can see and interact with; it’s the 3D modelers who bring these things to life. What is a 3D model? A 3D model…

Go with the Flow: Level Design in VR Hoover Dam

It takes a team of experts working together to share their knowledge to build a game as comprehensive and detailed as the virtual reality Hoover Dam game. Dr. Scott Ahrens is the primary level designer for the VR Hoover Dam project. How Does Virtual Reality Work? Dr. Scott Ahrens, Professor of art and design at…