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Video Game Design Camp

1/2 Day Video Game Creation - Platform Style and 1/2 Day Kodu - Adventure Style
1/2 day kodu video game creation camp (the adventure game) and 1/2 day GameMaker (the Platform game)
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 Children will be take a full day camp consisting of two half day courses. Each course is a different style game using the popular Kodu video game creation software (by Microsoft) or GameMaker  software (by YoYo Games).  Children will take the Kodu (the Adventure Style video game) for ½ day and the Gamebuilder (the Platform Style) Video Game creation camp for the other half day. The camp director will assign the child to either of the two courses in the morning based upon enrollment, the age of the campers, and other factors.  Children will transition to the other course after the lunch break. Course descriptions are as follows:

Video Game Creation - Platform Style (Ages 8-16)

In this camp children build a game described as a "platform" game like Sonic or Mario. Children have a blast as their characters do the impossible, overcome obstacles and enemies and then conquer the Big Boss.  The character progresses on a long path (like a journey) with the background scrolling behind it and adversaries, prizes, obstacles, are encountered as it goes. Lessons on the basics will be similar to the Arcade course in the very beginning, but the class diverges and different programming techniques are taught in order to build this Platform game. 

Kodu Video Game Creation - Adventure Style (Ages 7-16)

New for 2015! Children will have the option of learning how to program a game for their Windows 7 or higher PC or using a Microsoft Xbox controller! Students learn game design as they create their own cool custom world and navigate through it. Within this world they will create tasks that need to be completed in order to progress to the next level. Tasks include a first person maze game format where the students create a maze and the character must escape the maze, a survival mode, and tasks such as outwitting rivals, creating decoys and collecting bonus items all while having fun! This is a half-day camp. Xbox controller is optional and supplied by the student. The controller must be a hard wired controller and NOT a wireless controller. Students can add an additional program to make it a full day camp.


Children receive a camp T-shirt, certificate of completion, trophy and instructions on how to download the free software to run the games at home where they can play the games, develop new levels or create new games entirely using what they have learned.