Class Teaches Students to Make Video Games

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, NV - A room of students is playing video games at Hunsberger Elementary, but don't worry it's in the name of education. In fact, the students aren't just playing the games, they are creating them. The Washoe County School District offers a summer class in video game design.

"I love playing video games I love drawing, designing them it's just fun," Jack Christensen, who is going into the sixth grade, said.

Students learn what elements are needed to create games. They even share their finished games online.

The students pick out the background, the music and come up with the objective.

"(The game character) has to go through a city avoiding the paparazzi," Christensen said.

The students received some game-creation advice from an expert on Thursday. Ryan Cullins, chief creative officer at 3G Studios in Reno, paid a visit. Cullins offered tutelage, but said he was also interested in the kids' ideas.

"Even today I see things I wouldn't have ever thought of in my wildest dreams like there's really cool ideas coming out of the schools," Cullins said.

The skills learned in the class are aplicable to creating simulations in the business world. Additionally, some students said they have a career interest in creating video games.

"Not only would you make money but you could be doing something that's fun," Alex Oggerino, a student going into eighth grade, said.

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