The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has posted a list of “summer camps focusing on videogame design and development.” (Man, I wish these were around when I was a kid. That would have been awesome.) The organization said that the number of game design summer camps has doubled, with a number of choices available in several states. Here’s a snippet from the press release:
Parents and students interested in video game design summer camp can choose from programs offered at colleges, middle schools, and high schools in 26 states and the District of Columbia. California (26), Pennsylvania (13), Massachusetts (10), New York (9), Texas (6), and Illinois (6) are the nation’s leaders for camp programs.
Definitely check out the list if you have kids interested in game design or if your friends have kids that want to grow up to be the next
Cliff Bleszinski Hideo Kojima.
While it’s great the game design is becoming more prevalent at the college level, I’m even more excited about game design programs for younger people. As with most skills, the earlier people started, the better off they’ll become. It’s awesome that these summer camps exist and I’m positive that some great videogames will be made by people that attended these programs.
For those of you that have kids or are planning to have kids, would you send your young one to videogame design summer camp?