“It’s important to play games if you want to make games.”
—Mr. Sam, Full Sail Labs Facilitator
Video games can be a lot of fun to play, but they can be even more fun to create. Game designers and developers often encounter significant challenges that video game players usually do not. Soft skills like communication and problem-solving are a big part of overcoming challenges for video game creators. That’s why Full Sail Labs knows it’s important to focus on soft skills in addition to the technical skills.
“Game development doesn’t always go well. There are a lot of bumps along the way, there’s a lot of bugs we have to fix and those problems can really help us grow.”
Students at Full Sail Labs have a fun method for collaboration and problem-solving in the Game Design Camps. They get to be game testers, playing through each others’ games to help locate bugs and provide feedback on the gameplay.
“That collaboration and communication of working together is really kind of magical.”
Through playtesting, students discover new knowledge from their peers that they can then incorporate into their own games. Issues can be resolved that would have remained unnoticed without an extra set of eyes.
“We’re surrounded by our people, which is not always the case for gamers, but here we’re in our own environment. We get to do exactly what we want to do, really, really explore and expand our creative possibilities and it’s always so exciting to see what the kids come up with.”
Full Sail Labs offers Summer Camps in areas of Game Design, Music Production, Filmmaking, and more for Kids (ages 7-12) and Teens (ages 13-17). Learn more about our Summer Camp offerings.
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