Design thinking is definitely at center stage of this camp. Good designers come up with interesting ideas, test them out, debug what doesn’t work, and either keep going or make some adjustments. Those skills are crucial when designing a video game.
Just like an artist, musician, or writer, people who design and build video games start from scratch. What makes video games so interesting is that they often rely on art, music, and interesting dialogue to make the games fun to play.
Making characters move and interact with other characters involves a great deal of critical thinking. What’s really cool to witness is kids struggling to make their games work, then after really analyzing how things interact with each other, they just speed through their second level because of what they’ve learned.
We also give time for kids to explore making their own comic books and animations during the video game design camp. You never know what might spark the kids’ imagination, so we provide these other creative activities.
“The human imagination is an amazing thing. As children, we spend much of our time in imaginary worlds, substituting toys and make-believe for the real surroundings... As we play, we learn. And as we grow, our play gets more complicated. We add rules and goals. The result is something we call games.”
Will Wright, a remarkable video game designer