fall of the fourth year, where teams
pitch video game ideas to students,
administrators, and alumni. The best
ideas go forward, and the winning
teams recruit more members from the
teams whose ideas weren’t selected.
When the final teams of eight to 20
students are set, they complete two 12-
week production cycles and get their
games ready for the show, which takes
place in the spring. The exercise is a
chance to spend a considerable amount
of time building a game from scratch
and preparing it for a public release.
It’s also an opportunity for students to
show off their skills; every year, studio
representatives from Sony PlayStation,
Activision, and other firms attend the
show to recruit.
Judging by statistics, the Champlain
Game Studio’s formula — a rigorous,
combined with real-world learning —
produces results. Eighty-one percent of
the class of 2016 secured a game-related
job within six months of graduation,
and, Walker says, they are steeled for
the task ahead. “When employers hire
our graduates, they have reported back
to me that our students are ready to
start working,” Walker said. “And our
alumni have reported that it’s actually
easier to have a job in the game industry
than it is to be studying at Champlain in
the Game Studio.”
On a warm day last fall, one
student’s project bore that out. It was
a virtual reality game with a headset
equipped with a scent-making device.
When the player walked through the
game and picked up certain objects, the
scent device was supposed to emit the
corresponding smell, like spring rain,
or perfume. The visual component of
the game was rich and lifelike, and
it was easy to imagine losing track of
time in the virtual world. The scent
device, however, wasn’t quite there
yet. But that’s the point: Students are
pushing boundaries in the gaming
landscape, and the Game Studio is
backing them up. A
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