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Dodson Awarded Game Developers Conference Scholarship

 

January 2007

Senior Camille (Cami) Dodson was recently selected a recipient of the 2007 Game Developers Conference Student Scholarship. In addition to attending the conference, scholarship recipients are paired with a mentor from the industry to answer career questions and help network throughout the week. Recipients also enjoy an exclusive site visit to a game studio in the Bay Area.

Camille Dodson - GDC Scholarship Winner

One of only 25 scholarship recipients, Cami will have access to over 300 sessions, roundtables, and keynotes, the GDC Expo, Proceedings, breakfasts, lunches, the Choice Awards ceremony, and all events, including the keynote by Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo Senior Managing Director and developer of games such as Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong and Nintendogs.

A few quotes from Cami:

  • I want to become a next-gen game maker, utilizing my programming and artistic skills. I'd like to make games that are popular and entertaining but still have thoughtful messages underneath. I want to work at a successful game company and learn how to do it all!

  • While there are some amazing new games out, I love old school and Super Mario Bros had it all! The tight controls, fun characters and scenery, great level design, and the assorted fireballs, flags, and flying fish. Yeah, Miyamoto rocks!

  • In my game-making career I'll help bring in a wider audience of players. I work with themes and struggle to give my games a larger purpose, whether through social commentary, education or therapeutic content. Still, games should be fun and I want uplifting enjoyable entertainment!

  • BioKid is a game I've been working on for my senior project that teaches kids anxiety controlling techniques. The Wild Divine Project, a local game company, sponsored our team of four to have us build this game using their biofeedback device. Working with the device allows us to incorporate the player's heart-rate into the game-play. We decided the game needed weapons, magic, health, and environments to explore. I lead the team with administrative duties and I contribute code and artwork. It's my passion to build games in a team and to teach something meaningful, so this project is awesome!

  • I'm a game-making girl who is all set to graduate this May with a degree in Computer Science! I've made over 30 games for fun, work, and school projects. As president of CU's Game Developers Club for over two years, I have helped give weekly meetings, presentations, tutorials, and organized development competitions. I have presented my game projects at events involving new media technology like the Women in Engineering Conference. And I'm online at www.SuperCami.com!

The 2007 Game Developers Conference will be held in San Francisco in March.

 
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