Young Video Game Designers

January 18, 2010 11:02:38 AM PST
Most teens and pre-teens love to play video games. But few get a chance to create one of their own. That's what happened to a brother and sister from Naperville. 13-year-old Michael and 10-year-old Stephanie Liu entered a contest to design a new video game. They came up with a new version of the Peggle video game and submitted it to Pop Cap Games, which develops and publishes games.

Michael and Stephanie won the first-ever Peggle Art Contest with their game called "New Peggle Nights. The three-month long contest drew thousands of submissions from throughout the U.S. and Great Britain, from feverish fans ranging in age from 13 to 51.

"Honestly, the first thought that came to mind when I saw the email was 'This is the best day of my life', and then I did a couple fist pumps," says Michael, a freshman at Waubonsie Valley High School. "My sister was in disbelief, and when she saw the email she got really excited about it."

Stephanie terested in gaming, golf, and computers. And those interests really paid off.

"We really enjoyed incorporating the contest winners' designs into finished levels and have been playing them non-stop," said Sukhbir Sidhu, Studio Director at PopCap and co-creator of Peggle and Peggle Nights. "These user-generated concepts turned out quite well in terms of playability and challenge, and it's really interesting and inspiring to see level design ideas from fans of the game!"

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