Truro community college students bring computer gaming skills to life

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Awards to be handed out Saturday for exceptional projects

TRURO – Some local community college students are nearing the end of a special 48-hour project.

Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus students in IT web application development and interactive and motion graphic courses have been creating video games from beginning to end and showing the public how it’s done during an event called Game Craft 2014.

Timothy Edward Wilson, 22, and Benjamin Campbell, 24, both of Truro, were busy working on bringing their digital projects to life at the college on Friday.

Wilson is specializing in digital animation, while Campbell is focusing on information technology web development streaming.

“I’ve been drawing for a long time … I started as soon as I could hold a pencil. My first drawings were of a dinosaur,” said Wilson regarding how long he’s had a desire to create, draw and animate.

Although he admits designing and animating characters on a computer can be difficult and frustrating at times, it’s part of the process. A process he was eager to show with some members of the public who dropped by the college Friday afternoon.

“A couple of them asked about the programs I use; they were most interested in how to move the characters,” Wilson said.

He added “not a lot of people know” the art of digital animation here and he believes it’s important people

learn the opportunities exist locally.

For Campbell, his joy comes from the satisfaction of a successful end project and dealing with the “very logical” aspects of working with computer codes.

While that seems intimidating to some, Campbell insists it’s not too daunting because “you are telling the computer what to do and a computer is only as smart as you tell it.”

Campbell said not a lot of people dropped into the game jam “because it’s kind of a niche” that not everyone appreciates. Fifteen-year-old Gaelen Bent of Trenton is someone who was looking for more education on gaming development.

“I want to get into this as a career,” Bent said, adding the game jam taught him “it’s a lot of work and you have to stay up late to do it.”

The teenager was thrilled the process was open to the public.

“It’s very good for those of us who have an interest in it because it can be hard to find these opportunities” of learning outside of school, he said.

The NSCC students have until dinner Saturday to complete their games before awards will be given out.

The public is invited to the award ceremony, where they will also have a chance to play the games that have been created. The event is on the third floor of the McCarthy Hall on Arthur Street.

Twitter: tdnMonique

Organizations: Truro community college, Nova Scotia Community College Truro

Geographic location: Arthur Street

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