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24th October 2018

A platform game created by Hull College which features music by a city born composer was launched at a special event today.

Rob Hubbard, known for making computing theme music, came out of retirement to create the sound for GoGoDash.

Mr Hubbard pioneered the use of music in gaming and wrote for more than 75 games in the 1980s, especially on the Commodore 64.

Mr Hubbard said: “I wanted to get involved because Hull often gets a bad press and this was something to help raise the profile of the city and the college.

“The college told me a bit about the game and also about the pace it is played at which is very important to help create the right music.

“It was nice to be involved in a creative project without the controls there are now around commercial games.”

The aim of GoGoDash is to highlight the digital learning opportunities at the college.

The college also pioneered the Platform Initiative, a regional programme to help young people start careers in the high-growth digital gaming and content creation industry.

The programme was backed by Hull College alumni Lindsay West, who co-founded virtual reality firm, ViSR VR.

A gaming zone opened at the college today where students were invited to play the game with a prize for the highest score.

GoGoDash can be downloaded for free on the App Store or Google Play.

A separate high-scoring competition will open to the public from tomorrow (Thursday, 25th October), when there will also be an open evening at the college.

Hull College principal and CEO, Michelle Swithenbank, said: “The game is a lot of fun and is an innovative way to showcase the opportunities we offer for learners who are interested in working in the city’s growing digital sector.

“By involving Rob Hubbard, we also hope to inspire our learners to also go on and achieve great things.

“As the only city centre college, we are uniquely placed to champion Hull’s talent and fulfil our purpose of helping everyone from teenagers to adult learners discover what they can do.”

The music created for GoGoDash will also be celebrated at a special concert at Hull City Hall on Saturday, 15 June at 7.30pm. Tickets will be on sale soon.

The open evening at Hull College takes place from 5pm to 8pm on Thursday, 25th October.