Students from Manitoba learn how to bring video games to life

Students from Manitoba learn how to bring video games to life, Iryna Chyrkova

With the help of people who work in the industry of game creating, Manitoba students learn how to bring video games to life.

Nine classrooms at Sisler High School will become a creative hub, and about 300 students will practice there.

"It's all of the all the parts of education put into one," said Jamie Leduc, department head of the Interactive Digital Media program at Sisler High School. "So you have your storytelling, you have your art, you have your music, you have your physics, you have math, you have collaboration."

This is the 5th annual Game On event, and it is held with the help of Ubisoft Winnipeg, New Media Manitoba and Vancouver Film School.

All students will be divided into groups. Each group will consist of three people. The group will be given a ready-made computer game, and students will learn to use their knowledge to add storylines, characters, and other changes to the game.

"I think it's pretty cool," said Chantal Philippot, 17, a Grade 12 student at Sisler. "Especially getting people from you know the different companies and things like that to actually come and explain what they do, how they do it and really get a feel for what it's like to do that."

More than 30 schools participate in the event. After completion, children will show what they have done, and judges will choose the best works and will give awards.

One of the students said that he likes playing video games very much, so he wants to look at the process of creating the game.

"I get to make something that's my own, which is also a game, which I kind of love to play and I kind of grew up on," he said.

Darryl Long, managing director of Ubisoft Winnipeg, is sure that such events are very exciting for students and will benefit many of them. Moreover, some students will already be able to decide on their future profession.

"You know a lot of students don't get the opportunity to be exposed to this type of software, this type of creative process," Long said. "It's a time where we get to be creative as well and see things with fresh eyes and see, you know, from a kids' persecutive what does it mean to make video games."

Ubisoft Winnipeg has allocated ten employees who participate in Game On. Long added that knowledge which students receive at the event will be in demand in almost any field of activity in the near future. 

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