Local middle school students joined consoles with Digital Entertainment Technology club members, where they were able to start designing their own games as part of a step-by-step game design tutorial.
The DET club recently partnered with Madison Middle School students as part of a tutorial guidance about game design concepts and skills.
Madison Middle School students met with the DET members and asked questions about developing their own games and strategies on how to keep games modern.
Austin Graham, president of the DET club, said the experience helped DET club members focus on what they want to do within the industry once they graduate.
“It helped many of our members realize why they like doing what they do,” said Graham, a junior DET major from Corpus Christi. “It helped them better understand what they want to do or need to do inside the digital entertainment field.”
Graham said his favorite moment of the partnership was being able to show one of his personal game designs and help the students see what they are capable of doing for themselves.
“The main focus was passing down experiences to help them get started, “ Graham said. “To turn around and show them that ‘you can get to this point'”.
Madison Middle School principal Cyndi Smith said it was a great opportunity for her students to meet with ACU DET club members.
“It is powerful for our students to interact with computer skills,” Smith said. “It helps them feel more confident and helps them see the potential that they can have if they work hard. To get a vision as to where they want to be.”
The DET club’s overall mission is to focus on the experiences accumulated by the members to pass down to people who don’t have as much knowledge of game design, development and documenting.
Any student could join the club no matter the major, classification or specific interest. Any student interested can attend any DET club meeting or can attend a DET-sponsored event. The next event will be the Halloween party held on Oct. 29. The DET Club meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. in COBA 316.