GamePro and Guildhall Announce Partnership on Guildhall Academy

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The Guildhall at SMU today announced GamePro Magazine and Gamepro.com as sponsors for the Guildhall Academy, a two-week game development camp for middle school and high school students at the program’s location in Plano, TX.

The Guildhall Academy is a two-week, 60-hour intensive session in which students will create their own 2D video game using Microsoft’s XNA technology and a starter kit developed by SMU. The game can be played on a PC or Xbox 360.

The program’s goal is to offer something different than other general fine arts, science or math summer camps by teaching the many forms of art and science behind video game development. It is taught by SMU faculty members who are game industry veterans. SMU’s long term goal is to make the program an after school program.

GamePro’s sponsorship will include many perks for Guildhall Academy students, offering insights into the game industry and incentives for students to put their best effort forward. GamePro also plans to have some of the student-developed games available for download on GamePro.com

Other details of the sponsorship include:

  • A discussion, led by a GamePro guest-lecturer, on career opportunities in games media, particularly writing about and reviewing games, including how GamePro’s peer-review rating system works;
  • A Guildhall Academy peer-review game development contest, awarding the highest-rated peer review game at the end of each two week session;
  • A $1,000 scholarship for Guildhall Academy from GamePro;
  • A free one-year subscription to GamePro Magazine for all campers;
  • And a feature story on Guildhall Academy on GamePro.com.
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