UCF Video Game Designers To Showcase Work at Smithsonian, Meet White House Staff

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UCF team developed a series of nine games

Matthew Dombrowski and Peter Smith, Assistant professors in the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design, have been invited to the Smithsonian to show off one of the accessible video games they designed while working with Limbitless Solutions. (UCF image)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – A team of video game designers from UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design will visit Washington, D.C., in August to showcase its accessibility-friendly video game at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Team members also will meet with the secretary of the Smithsonian to demonstrate the power of video games to help children and squeeze in a visit with White House staff interested in accessibility technology.

“We’re going to be busy,” said Matt Dombrowski, assistant professor of digital media. “We’re so excited. The potential to help children is just amazing.”

Dombrowski is part of a team that developed a series of nine games for Limbitless Solutions a year ago. The UCF-based nonprofit approached Dombrowski in hopes of recruiting student volunteers to sculpt and paint the 3-D printed arms the group creates and gives to children at no cost.

“It’s funny to remember how it all started,” Dombrowski said. “It was just a conversation and I said, ‘Sure we can help with painting, but what would be really cool is to create really good video games the kids can play.’”

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