BU Offers New Camp Just For Gamers

Bradley University

Got a gamer in the house this summer?

Bradley University has a day camp just for them.

“They spend the week making video games. The goal is for them to have fun, make a game, and maybe learn something along the way,” said Bradley University Game Design Professor Ethan Ham.

Ham tells WMBD’s Greg and Dan that next week’s ‘In Real Life (IRL)’ camp will use pro-level software to build a game from concept to completion. Campers will learn theory, allowing them to understand how the best games engage their audience.

Ham says ‘IRL’ campers won’t have to be up early for this camp.

“We’ll have the students come in for lunch. They come in at noon. It’s for high school students. So, we know they like to sleep in a little bit,” said Ham.

The ‘IRL’ Camp runs Monday, June 19-Friday, June 23. Noon-6.

Ham says the camp is worth the $800 price tag if the camper is serious about a future in the gaming industry.

‘IRL’ campers will test ideas, work both alone and in teams, and have their own game by the end of the week.

Campers are encouraged to bring their own laptops, but will be able to check a laptop out from Bradley University for the duration of the camp.

Instructors from BU’s Game Design program will teach campers the skills to make an original game to show off at the Parents Play Reception Saturday, June 24.

The registration cut off is Wednesday, June 14, or when the camp is full. Space is limited.

For more information on the camp, click HERE.

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