A Kenyan programmer out of Nairobi has developed a downloadable 3D adventure game called “Adventures of Nyangi“. Wesley, the creator, mentions that he thinks it might be the first 3D game developed in Africa – I have to check on that, so does anyone know if that’s true?
So, I come from a background of computer gaming. It would be easy for me to think of all that can be done to make it better. However, what has to be remembered is this is his first try and it is new in Africa. It could be the beginnings, or at least plant the seeds, for a future game out of Africa.
All technology and graphics arguments aside, there’s are even bigger reasons why this is important. First, It shows that developers in Africa are thinking of new things. Second, and more importantly, Africa represents an untapped cultural powerhouse that the rest of the world could really benefit from. Let’s see more games with some African flavor in them.
I don’t see any reason why a great game couldn’t be created in Kenya, or anywhere else in Africa for that matter.
[Nino, thanks for bringing this to my attention]