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Title: Interactive Programming and Game Design as a Recruiting Tool


1
Interactive Programming and Game Design as a
Recruiting Tool 
  • Carlotta Eaton Professor of Information
    Technology New River Community College
  • IT Peer Conference - October 2006

2
Session Description
  • Learn how to leverage the game industry to
    recruit students. The game industry revenue
    exceeds 30 billion per year worldwide and has
    surpassed movie box office revenues in the U.S.,
    making games the fastest growing segment of the
    entertainment market and an excellent field for
    career advancement.  We will explore Game Maker
    as one way to teach object oriented programming
    in a very visual exciting way.   Students love to
    create computer games and learn OOP at the same
    time.

3
Agenda
  • Information Gathering
  • Game Design at NRCC
  • ITP xxx Introduction to Game Design
    Development
  • Game Maker
  • Game Development Essentials

4
Information Gathering
  • Last 4 years various conferences
  • Working Connections 2006 May 06
  • Digital Game Xpo - June 06
  • IGDA Chapter in Raleigh 2006
  • Austin Game Conference Sept 06

5
Working Connection _at_ RU
  • Intro to Game Design Development
  • Farhad Javidi, Program Chair Simulation Gaming
  • Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC
  • Spent 500K and 2 years on Game Research

www.javidi.com/sgd
6
Digital Game Xpo
  • Walter Rotenberry Lead InstructorSimulation and
    Game Development email wdrotenb_at_waketech.edu
  • Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC
  • June 2006 www.dgxpo.com

7
IGDA Triangle Chapter
  • Dana Crowley, Coordinator
  • Scott Johnson, Emergent Game Technologies
  • Attend meetings in Raleigh, NC

www.igda.org/nctriangle/
8
Austin Game Conference
  • September 2006
  • Over 2400 attendees
  • 3 tracks
  • Game Writers
  • Casual Games
  • Game Audio

www.gameconference.com
9
Austin Game Conference
  • Microsoft Casual Games
  • Austin Community College
  • CMP Game Developers Conference
  • Emergent Game Technologies
  • XEO Design

10
ITP 1xx Introduction to Game Design
Development
  • Fall 06 for pilot class
  • VCCS Course proposal
  • Course site at www.nr.edu/itp195
  • 3 textbooks
  • Intro to game
  • Gamemaker
  • Alice

11
Game Maker software
  • Free software developed under a grant
  • Easy to use for beginners
  • Get the book (see next slide)

www.gamemaker.nl
12
The Game Makers Apprentice
  • By Jacob Habgood Mark Overmars
  • ISBN 1-59059-615-3
  • 336 pp.
  • Published Jun 2006
  • Price 39.99

13
Game Development Essentials
  • By Jeannie Novak
  • Publisher Thomson Delmar Learning 1 edition
  • ISBN 1401862713
  • Currently used by
  • NRCC
  • WTCC in NC
  • CPCC in NC

14
Game Maker demo
15
Game Design at NRCC
  • 2 Degrees with Game specializations
  • Information Technology
  • CAD
  • 15 credit hours
  • Cross-discipline approach
  • Core Courses
  • ITP xx Intro to Game Design Development
  • DRF 238/239 Computer Aided Modeling I II
  • ITD 112 Creating Web Graphics
  • ITD 212 Interactive Web Design

16
Press
  • Roanoke Times
  • Wall Street Journal

17
Join the Fun
  • Programming games is a great way to teach object
    oriented programming
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing
  • Game Maker is
  • easy to use and free
  • used by Microsoft Casual Games division
  • Learn from your students

18
For More Information
  • Carlotta Eaton
  • Professor of Information Technology
  • Director, Game Technology Programs
  • www.nr.edu/eaton or
  • www.nr.edu/itp195
  • (540) 674-3600 x4250

nreatoc_at_nr.edu
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