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William Peace graduate makes virtual dreams a reality :: WRAL.com

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Abbey Slutary, WRAL Digital Solution

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Jonas Monanteras graduated from William Peace University in Raleigh with a degree in simulation and game design.

He is currently working on an art gallery, diving around coral reefs. At the very least, it effectively provides people with those experiences. Monanteras works for Horizon Productions, based in Durham, a creative services agency that provides video production, animation / motion graphic development, audio production and more.

“In the last semester of college, I interned with Horizon. They came to talk to William Peace students. I said,” This is all I wanted. ” “The whole process is great and it’s important to have real experience. Nothing beats this. In my case, I happened to be in a full-time position, but if not, where to go. It was enough if I was confident in getting a job. “

Monanterasu liked video games, but didn’t necessarily want to work in the video game industry. He came to school to get a bachelor’s degree in accounting. But when he talked to a WPU professor and Roger Christman, head of simulation and game design, his decision was dominated.

WPU’s simulation and game design programs focus on building skills such as programming, technical art, and 3D modeling. This program is specifically aimed at helping students acquire the skills needed to create simulation training in military, medical, academic and industrial applications, as well as game design.

In his final project, Monanteras worked on a group project to build a complete experience within Unreal Engine, a game engine developed by Epic Games.

He is now using his skills to create a fully virtualized, immersive environment. For this, a virtual exhibit of Trojan horses was the Unicorn Golden Ticket Virtual Art Gallery.

“We have created an art gallery. They competed in this competition with over 100 different digital paintings submitted by people. The VR experience prepares all the paintings and allows players to vote for their favorite paintings. This has given us the People’s Choice Award for the event, “says Monanteras. “It was a huge project and it was exciting to be able to work on so many different elements. Being able to see the reaction from people entering these experiences is my favorite part of the job. It’s one. “

The art gallery also has multiplayer game elements, where participants find hidden treasures, make friends with dragons, and use tools to interact with the environment. Monanterasu and his colleagues have access to some of the latest technologies in VR and game design, expanding the possibilities of simulation.

Other projects at Horizontal Productions include the Hydrous VR Experience, which uses 3D models of coral reefs to promote conservation education. MX3D VR experience. This allows users to 3D print metal bridges in Amsterdam. Data Center VR is also affiliated with Lenovo, allowing users to explore everything from flight eddy simulators to drone launches.

For Monantella, the project he’s working on is a further proof of how far VR has gone and where it’s going from here.

“Most of the early VR experiences were just plugging in a smartphone, plugging in a headset, watching YouTube, etc. It’s not the VR we build. It’s completely immersive, with both hands, You can walk around, “said Monan Terrace. “We often access technology before anyone else. If we go back to our 12-year-old and know that we can access and build on cool and exciting hardware, we’re headed. Would have gone crazy. “

“Every six months, it feels like the machine has more gear and is being built towards something like incredibly complex geometry in a virtual world,” he continued. .. “We are approaching a point where everything is perfectly organized. Everyone wants to call it the Metaverse. There are millions of different definitions of what it looks like, but these It’s exciting to see everything together and be part of it. “

This article was written for our sponsors, William Peace University..

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