To some, a video game may seem like an odd school assignment.
But that’s not the case for a number of students taking a course at Leavenworth High School. Creating video games is part of their normal class work.
The Game Design and Authoring for the Web course is new to the high school this year. Teacher April Wolters said video game programming presents a lot of career opportunities.
“It’s a huge industry,” she said.
She said one of the main focuses areas right now is the creation of apps for iPhones and iPads. But the industry also includes things such as programming computer simulations for the military.
Senior Nate McRoy said the textbook used for the class helps provide a basic concept for the games students have been creating. Students then make the games more their own.
Wolters said students so far have made five games from the textbook. The next step will be for them to create their own games.
Right now, students are working with two-dimensional graphics, said senior Mitchell Gardner.
“But next semester, we’ll be on 3-D games,” he said.
Junior Avery Calhoun enrolled in the year-long class because she loves video games. But she’s also interested in graphic design and likes to make intricate characters. She wanted to know how to make these characters interactive.
Wolters said she has students play each other’s games. She said students become used to the difficulty levels of their own games, and it’s important for them to think about prospective audience.
“They get immune to how hard they make things,” she said.