Copperas Cove: High School Teaches Video Game Design

COPPERAS COVE (September 3, 2014) Because of the high demand for video game designers, Cove High School decided to teach students the trade.

Senior, Christopher Hogg has been in the program since his sophomore year.

He and his classmates are in their final video game design class and they’re learning how to create mobile apps.

"It's something fun to do, I enjoy it very much," said Hogg.

CNN Money reported video game design as one of the top jobs last year and says within the next ten years the field will grow by 27 percent.

"Word’s getting out that it is a programming class so to start with were getting kids who understand coming in it is going to be a programming class and therefore we get more carry over," said teacher Pat Rox.

Women currently make up 15 percent of those employed in the industry.

Rox said that he has more female students in his class than years before.

He hopes to see more since the video games industry is looking for more women.

"The girls in my opinion seem to be among the more creative and when they get together it seems like they produce products that I wouldn't even think about. I just don't think the same way as girls."

Some games created include violence, which is something the school doesn’t support, but the educators are trying to maintain a balance because they understand the gaming world.

"All you have to do is look at the best seven games and understand that it's there and it may be that we have to take them from having somebody carrying a machine gun and shooting somebody to having a rabbit throw carrots at somebody or something," Rox said.

"It’s actually very harder than what it would seem. You have to always go back and make sure everything is done right and it’s all algebra mathematic thinking it's not very easy," Hogg said.

A majority of the students say they plan to continue their studies in college.

Either way, Rox said that when they leave the program they will have useful skills.

"They can help maybe in advertising; they can create a marketing tool for a local business."


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