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UWSP students hope to turn games in careers

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - Playing video games is a popular activity for many college students, but there's a group of students at UW-Stevens Point hoping to make a career out of it.

These student game developers see video games as more than just a hobby.

"It's one person's lens upon the world," said Kevin Barthman, president of the Student Game Developers Club. "Games are yet another storytelling medium for people to really get invested in that."

Matthew Wiltzius, the club's Secretary of Public Relations, agrees.

"It's something you're actually designing for someone else to play around with, to interact with, to change in their own way that they desire," he said.

On Saturday, their club played to raise money and to teach others about the game development industry.

"We're here to serve as a way of bringing similar people together who have similar interests, not necessarily similar skills, but those who don't have the same skills can come here and learn from those who might," Barthman said.

Club officers say that anyone can contribute to the business of gaming.

"You don't just have to be somebody who knows how to program," said Wiltzius. "You don't just have to be somebody who knows about video games. You don't even have to play video games because it means you need writers. It means you need artists."

Officers say students in the club work together to make games that others would enjoy playing, but they also have an eye on their resumes.

"[It's] a source of creating something for their portfolio so when they go on and forward, not necessarily even just in the game industry, they have something to show for what they've done," Barthman said.

Club members say they finished developing one game this semester but have many more waiting to be completed.

Playing a video game is a gateway to another world. Some of these students hope it might be a gateway to a career.
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