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Derek Bolt and Jason Leigh, creators of Hoops of Fire, a new mobile game

Computer science major Derek Bolt got a head start on his video gaming career with an independent study course overseen by UIC professor Jason Leigh where he developed "Hoops of Fire," a basketball game based on the UIC mascot Sparky D. Dragon.
 
Gamers assume the character of Sparky D. Dragon and sink basketballs – and dodge obstacles from L trains to boats -- at locations throughout Chicago.
 
Bolt took the course "Video Game Design and Development" from Leigh who is also director of UIC's Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), College of Engineering. Conceived by the marketing office to showcase the university and the engineering curricula, "Hoops of Fire" is available for Android and iPhone and may be downloaded free of charge.
 
Bolt graduated in December 2011 and has a full-time job developing interactive kiosks with a local marketing firm utilizing skills learned in the video game class.

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