When high school students spend hours playing video games, parents often say it’s a waste of time. However, these video game players, or “gamers,” can now find professional opportunities to complement their interest. The relatively young academic specialty of computer game technologies has grown in response to the popularity of the skyrocketing video game industry.
According to the NPD Group, Inc., a global leader in sales and marketing information, video game sales have grown from $6.6 billion in 2000 to $9.4 billion in 2004.
Building on the success of the game and simulation programming (GSP) bachelor’s degree program offered at 11 of its campuses nationwide, DeVry University announced it will offer the degree program online beginning in spring 2006.
“Game development technologies will play an important role in shaping many aspects of the entertainment and defense industries for years to come,” said Steven Riehs, vice president and general manager of DeVry University Online.
The campus-based GSP degree program was met with enthusiasm by students, faculty and employers and it’s expected that the online...