Dates for the finals of the next Games Fleadh student event have been released by the Tipperary Institute in Ireland as March 9-10, 2011.
The event will take place at the Institute and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the Frogger arcade game, students will be tasked with preparing their own interpretations of the title.
Games Fleadh will challenge students to come up with titles running on either of Microsoft's platforms, XNA or DirectX 11, making them playable on Xbox 360, Windows 7 or Windows Phone 7.
"Games Fleadh has now become a hugely important event within the academic year, which Microsoft is proud to continue to support," said Michael Meagher, academic engagement manager for Microsoft Ireland. "Microsoft believes that supporting young developers by providing access to our software tools for free will enable them to flourish academically and allow them to build out truly remarkable games."
And James Greenslade, Head of the ICT Department for Tipperary Institute added: "The games industry is a highly rewarding and challenging sector. Taking part in Games Fleadh and honouring Frogger will give students first-hand experience of working within the confines of an intellectual property licence.
"This is a unique opportunity to work on a famous title from a leading developer and publisher such as Konami Digital Entertainment," he added.