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Leeds Beckett Rio Racers launched

Games designers at Leeds Beckett are putting their support behind our sporting graduates competing at the Olympic Games with the release of a retro computer game.

Tom Bosworth

The web-based game, Rio Racers, features 2013 BSc (Hons) Sports Performance graduate and British record holder, Tom Bosworth, who will be competing in the men’s 20km race walk in Rio, which takes place on Friday 12 August.

Rio Racers takes its inspiration from ‘button bashing’ athletics games popular in the 1980s and 1990s, such as Daley Thompson’s Decathlon and International Track and Field.

Speaking about the development of the game, Andy Sandham, Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, Creative Technologies & Engineering, explained: “There was no greater evening than an evening spent in with a copy of Daley Thompson’s Decathlon on the ZX Spectrum, battering seven bells out of its odd rubber keyboard!  When developing Rio Racers we wanted to make sure we created a quick, fun game without undermining the amazing efforts of the actual athletes - hopefully we achieved something that will lead players to check out the athletes real-life performances in Rio!”

To play Rio Racers, visit – www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/assets/games/racers/

Please note, the game does not attempt to accurately represent race walking and as such isn’t designed to be a simulation of the biomechanics of the event.  Currently the game works best on Chrome and Firefox on desktop computers.  A mobile version will follow shortly.

To find out more about Leeds Beckett graduates competing at the Olympic Games in Rio, visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/rio2016

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