Make a Game Day
Make a Game in a day
17th October marked the day where children were in the spotlight at the Dutch Game Garden. Ten children between the ages of eleven and fifteen were introduced into the world of games from the perspective of a game designer.
Children were immersed into another world for eight hours. They were first given a tour of the Dutch Game Garden by Christel van Grinsven and Jan-Pieter van Seventer. This was followed by an insight into what it’s like to be working in the gaming industry; Rick van Ginkel, a game designer and producer who founded Self Made Miracle, shared his experiences about the games design course at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and what it is like being a game developer.
Next up was a hands-on tutorials explaining GameMaker led by game designers Rick van Ginkel and Niels Anders. Tips and tricks were given, along with two example games created by the game designers. These games were based on a Mario-like platform games such as plenarium (http://www.penarium.com/) by Self Made Miracle.
Children worked together in pairs and were given free reign based on their creative ideas. One team created a multi-player game where Pacman was used as the main character. Another designed their own character. A prize was given at the end of the day. Mart (15 years old), won. His team made a game where art, music and design were aligned and easy to play. Both attendees and organisers were extremely happy with the results.
More information and tutorials can be found in Dutch here: http://www.dutchgamegarden.nl/levelup/make-a-game-day/