From 2003 – 2011 we have worked with BBC to create four award winning series of BAMZOOKi - the truly innovative television show for Children's BBC (CBBC). BAMZOOKi enables children in the UK to design the best ZOOK – (computer-generated creatures that are able to move and behave autonomously) and then to interact and compete in real time with their virtual creatures. The programme features cutting edge computer simulations that form the core of a unique television game show experience that was first broadcast on CBBC in March 2004.
With four series now ‘in the can’, a BAFTA nomination and as winners of the “Prix Jeunesse” we are continuing to develop new tools and content – and want to go ‘beyond Bamzooki’ and enable Zook fans to compete with each other over the Internet. To date, more than 1,000,000 children have downloaded the Zook creator tools from the official CBBC Bamzooki website at www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/bamzooki/
Gameware's team uses its extensive experience in Artificial Life programming techniques to provide the ZOOK’s autonomous movement and behaviour and integrate this with the BBC's virtual studio system to enable real-time visualisations in a studio setting, resulting in a totally new and exciting entertainment experience.