Game development summer camp

This two-week youth program at Penn State aims to give participants an overview of the processes involved in designing a game.

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Penn State Great Valley and VideoGame.Net are teaming up to offer a summer camp with a difference this year--a two-week youth program for gamers interested in learning how to design video games. The VideoGame Summer Experience is designed to give participants an overview of the processes involved in designing a game, and it will allow them to get hands-on time with software packages including Photoshop, Flash, and HTML.

"The VideoGame Summer Experience is an all-new concept for video game players to participate in," said Ed Fleming, president and founder of VideoGame.Net. "The program provides gamers with a two-week overview of game design. Once gamers conclude the Summer Experience, they will have had the opportunity to develop a video game and have it available for play on the Internet via the VideoGame.Net Web site."

As well as receiving instruction in animation, Web design, storyboarding, and character development techniques, participants in the program will get to compete in weekly tournaments on both new and prerelease games. After developing their own Flash-based video game and mini Web site, attendees of the summer camp will enjoy continued access to templates, program guides, and an online community center after their stay--helping them to put what they've learned into practice. The two-week program costs $695 (a number of scholarship places are also available), and the dates available are as follows:

July 7 - July 18
July 21 - August 1
August 4 - August 15

For more information on The VideoGame Summer Experience, check out the Penn State Great Valley Web site.

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