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Future video game designers put through Bradley boot camp

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Students had a working video game after just one week. Students had a working video game after just one week.
PEORIA, Ill (HOI) -- -

Bradley University hosted the first-ever IRL (In Real Life) Game Design summer camp, aimed at helping future video game designers, programmers and artists get a taste of their careers. 

High school students from across Central Illinois spent five days building their own 2D and 3D video games from scratch.

"This (camp) is really giving them an opportunity before they go and pick this as their major," explained instructor Zach Abbott. "It gets them associated with the programs they'll use, the processes that they'll go through and the kind of struggles they're going to meet."

One mother recalled her son's experience at the camp.

"Every day (his attitude) got progressively better. Like, every day he was more and more interested," said Shirley Varela of Bloomington. "And then to see the game they produced over the course of the week, I was very impressed."

Bradley plans to expand the camp next year, and invite more students to participate.

If you're interested in information on the camp, you can visit their website.

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