Developers Vicious Cycle Software have offered up the studio's cross-platform Vicious Engine
middleware to students attending the Indiana University School of Education
, giving those aspiring to a life of game development some helpful hands-on time with real-world tools.
But don't go expecting the university to churn out the next Puzzle Quest
or Dead Head Fred
, as according to the school, students will be using the engine to make so-called 'serious games." Students' games will be "designed to teach various subjects of their choosing," and will be part of a larger university study on "how people learn through games." Even so, we imagine the experience will likely prove invaluable for those students wanting to eventually grease the wheels of game development with their sweat and blood.