The Digital Convergence Lab at Northern Illinois University is offering a Saturday Game Development Lab open to students ages 11 to 18 who are interested in animation, computers, 3D virtual worlds or video games.
The program lasts seven weeks with one meeting per week, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in the Digital Convergence Lab located in room 338 of the Founders Memorial Library on the NIU campus. Classes start Oct. 8, and will run through Nov. 19.
- Explore popular video games
- Learn the essentials of game design
- Develop a game story
- Create game characters
- Invent game goals and rules
- Storyboard game scenarios
- Design a game interface
- Create sound effects
Using computer-based tools, participants will take their design ideas through to the prototype stage of a playable video game. The lab will help students learn how to use computer software for design and also will help students develop teamwork, complex problem-solving and project-management skills.
Most of the software used during the lab is freely available online, so participants can continue to develop games at home. A full list of resources will be made available to participants for further study after the program.
By signing up for this course students also qualify to become beta testers for an Xbox 360 Kinect game being developed at NIU. In addition to playing the game before its release, students will get to meet the development team and find out more about the design and development process.