Check out this article about some of the work we’ve been doing with the Dwight School this year, and the debate over whether this field will help students with college admissions.
Our answer to the headline - of course! An admissions officer may not see the value in the class itself- but the skills gleaned from learning how to build video games are most certainly valuable to colleges or even employers.
The intellectual process in creating even a simple game or app is very involved. It requires some of the following:
1. The ability to conceptualize a fun/useful process for someone other then yourself.
2. Understand how to build and where/when to place each element of your game/program
3. Understand how each element interacts with the rest of the elements in your environment (i.e systems thinking)
4. Understand how to take your abstract thinking and apply it through a foreign syntax (i.e code)
There is a lot more to this process.
The value in Beta is that we give players the option to create their own games, and in the process learn a multitude of skills. It also encourages players to view the game from a designer/developer standpoint - a peek behind the curtain if you will.
We hope that you try Beta out and create a game, so you can judge for yourself!