Game Console Designer

Make your own handheld game console and code your own library of games

Like playing games? Find out how to create your own in this fast-paced introduction to the game design industry. You’ll not only create multiple games from scratch but also build your own handheld game console.

You’ll learn basic electronics skills as you solder together your own game system.  You'll also analyse popular games to see how they’re made, then design and code your own to play on your console.

Age

9-17

Skill Required

Beginner to Advanced

Dates

Easter + Summer 2020

Length

5 Days

Venues

All

Age

9-17

Skill Required

Beginner to Advanced

Dates

Summer Holidays 2020

Length

5 Days

Venues

All
Making75%
Design75%
Coding75%
Electronics25%

Why do Game Console Designer

WITH US?

Take it home

Create your own game console and take it home to continue creating after the camp

Professional Skills

Learn graphic and sound effect design skills, and coding using drag-and-drop programming

Unique Projects

This game console is exclusive to Tech Camp and not available anywhere else

You'll take home

  • Handheld game console you've built yourself
  • USB drive with all of your projects, code and games

You'll learn

  • Soldering skills
  • Basic electronics
  • Graphic & sound effect skills
  • Coding using drag-and-drop

Need to Know

  • 1:8 Staff-Student Ratio
  • All Equipment Provided

Game Console Designer In Detail

Courses run 9:30am - 4:30pm* Mon-Fri
*Winchester venue finishes 5:30pm/3:15pm (Last Day)

If you’ve not done any before, you’ll start off with a crash course in soldering before assembling your game console. 

You’ll then start your game design journey, learning about all aspects of game design needed to create enjoyable 2D games, including:

  • Sprite creation (graphical characters)
  • Sound effects and background music tracks
  • Physics of games including collisions
  • Scoring systems, lives & countdown timers
  • Loops, conditionals, variables, functions & arrays
  • Creating tile maps and rooms
  • Camera functions
  • Advanced physics (e.g. acceleration, gravity)
  • Background effects
  • Splash screens, dialogs and text
  • Animations, firing and custom graphic effects

You’ll build over 10 games that you can customise throughout your course, including maze games, space shooters, a ‘lunar lander’, a version of ‘pong’ and ‘pacman’, and ‘platformers’.

Once you’ve done all this, you’ll have the skills to create your own games in a variety of genres.

Day 1

Introduction to the game development system
Basic game movement and creation of two simple games
Sprite design and pixel art, collisions & scoring

FAQs

Is the course safe? Soldering irons sound dangerous!
In this course, children will be using tools including soldering irons, which can cause burns, but soldering is a very safe activity.  Due to the size of the soldering irons (about the size of a pencil), any burns are very small and heal quickly. Safety briefings and teaching children how to use tools safely is a very important part of the course and minimises the risk - for more information please see our safety page.
Five Stars Our kids are back from their 3rd/1st trip to Tech Camp. They’re raving about it and already picking the courses for next year. My son (14) has done two game design courses on previous stays but tried his hand at making a 3D printer this year. It’s absolutely amazing and he’s designing and printing all sorts of things ...

Victoria Jane, August 2019
Childcare vouchers accepted

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Winchester
(Sparsholt College)

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Summer Dates

Aug *2/3 - 7, 2020
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Price
£445(Easter)/£545(Summer) Non-Residential
£805(Easter)/£995(Summer) Residential
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Summer Dates
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Price
£545 (Mon-Fri Non-Residential)

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