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Pre-College Summer Program- Game Design
Game development is a challenging field, and here at the University of Connecticut’s Digital Media and Design program, we take a hands-on approach. Aspiring developers at any experience level with the desire to create games are welcome to join us as we develop a game from scratch using an optimized off-the-shelf 2D game development and visual programming tool called Construct3, as well as other free and industry standard tools such as photoshop, and audacity. No experience necessary.
Throughout the weeklong course, we will use college-level assignments to cover the basics of game development creating artwork, audio, code, and most importantly an attitude of “I can do that.” Students should come away with the ability to create a game and understand more completely what the video game industry is like and what jobs are out there. Work with Ken, 8-year game industry before coming to the University of Connecticut to develop the Game Design concentration. His responsibilities included directing game projects from start to finish, programming unique scenarios using game development tools, and working with publishers such as SEGA, Electronic Arts, and Activision. He has worked with Blockbuster franchises such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Madagascar, Shrek, and over a dozen others. His work in the video game industry has received Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Award for best video game, Indie Game of the Year, and Innovation Awards from industry publications. He works with students on creating engaging gameplay experiences and pushing the boundaries of play.
This student club is focused on competitive e-Sports and gaming. Over the last three years UConn has had teams from the Gaming club enter into e-Sports competitions including CS: GO, League of Legends, and Heroes of the Storm. In each of these cases the teams have made it to the semi-finals; in the case of Heroes of the Storm, their competition was broadcast live on ESPN.
Game Development Club
The Game Development club is a development club with an enrollment of approximately 15 students across campus. They create games, invite speakers, and implement the global game jam each year on campus.