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Sammy Studios funds UCSD game lab

Carlsbad-based video game creator Sammy Studios has given the University of California, San Diego more than $290,000 to support the university's Experimental Game Lab at the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts.

Georgios Anagnostopoulos, interim dean of Arts and Humanities, said the university hopes the gift is just the beginning of a long collaboration to make the region leader in developing new art forms through computation.

The game lab was established to create new forms of art, which extend the expressive capacity of technologies developed through the fields of computer gaming and scientific visualization.

John Rowe, president and chief operating officer of Sammy Studios, said the game lab "brings a dedicated video game curriculum to a nationally ranked digital media arts program, ultimately producing a greater number of creative and savvy entrants into the industry."

Lab research will focus on issues relevant to next-generation platforms, such as persistent evolving multiuser online worlds, streaming media within games, on-demand asset derivation, soft body dynamics for character development, rendering techniques, and prototyping technologies.

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