Many, many years ago, when I was in my late teens, I studied art at high school, hoping for a career in graphic design. Much of my teenage years was spent poring through graphic novels and comic books like 2000AD, admiring the art of Brian Bolland, Steve Dillon and Cam Kennedy.
For a variety of reasons, the dream to become a graphic designer never came to be and I became a journalist instead but over the years, I’ve always enjoyed stretching my artistic urges with Procreate on my iPad & last year I completed a beginners stone carving night course.
I’m a strong advocate for artistic talent, which is why I’m happy to give a little plug to the Media Design School of New Zealand’s Bright Awards.
The Bright Award is a nationwide creative arts competition designed specifically for high school students in years 10, 11 and 12. Winners receive a $1000 cash prize to continue pursuing their creative careers and a $3000 award for their school. Entries are in the categories of graphic design, photography, gaming, animation and web & interactive.
Entries open on August 10 and are open until October 7. You can find out more about the competition here at the Media Design School’s Bright Awards page.
It’s been light for new games recently but the Force is strong with Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga as it was the most popular game for April and May, according to PriceSpy.
Rounding out the top five games for the two months were Spider Man Miles Morales (PlayStation 4/PS5), Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo Switch), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch) and Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo Switch).
Liisa Matinvesi-Bassett, New Zealand country manager forPriceSpy, says “In the midst of a global cost of living crisis, it seems gamers are opting to shop more wisely when it comes to the games they are looking to buy – with three out of the five most-clicked on games across April and May being older releases spanning from 2017 to 2020.”
“It’s always impressive to see just how many fans both LEGO and Star Wars have. So, when these two popular brands do collaborate (not to mention launch a game that’s also available to play across multi-platforms), they often attract a phenomenal level of attention and interest,” says Matinvesi-Bassett.
“A surprising result across the top five was Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales for the PS5 and PS4, which placed an impressive second in the top five rank. And unlike the top ranking game, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales first launched in November 2020 – going to show, it’s not always ‘newness’ that attracts the attention of gamers.”
WIN WIN WIN
PriceSpy has teamed up with GamejunkieNZ to offer one lucky reader the chance to win two of the most-popular games from April and May on the platform of your choice. To enter the giveaway, email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what game you’re looking forward to in the coming 12 months.
*Only open to New Zealand residents. One entry per email address. Competition closes 20 June, 2022.Winner will be picked by random draw.