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Published March 05, 2012, 06:53 PM

Area students explore the business of video games

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Some college students are turning an after-school leisure activity into a career. Instead of just playing video games, they're creating them.

Some college students are turning an after-school leisure activity into a career. Instead of just playing video games, they're creating them.

You won't find this game at Best Buy or online. If you want to play "True Love: President’s Edition" you'll have get visit the Association for Computer Machinery Office at NDSU and talk with freshman Nathan Spanier-the creator.

Nathan Spanier – NDSU Freshman "I said what kind of game would nobody else make so I made a presidential dating simulator where you could date Bill Clinton, the Bushes or Obama."

Nathan-who's considering a career in video game design-took third place in a recent ACM Game Design Competition.

Nathan Spanier: "It went from idea to completed product within 48 hours."

So this is actually the winning game of the competition, but it's not students at NDSU that are interested in video game development, Rasmussen College is also seeing more and more students taking classes in this area."

Alex Fogarty – Rasmussen College: "Their passion is gaming so that will translate to a desire to learn how those games are made."

American consumers spend an estimated $25 billion a year on video games. A demand in product means a demand in creators. Designers can earn up to $85,000 a year.

Alex Fogarty: “Games have become so well developed visually and story wise that students are really excited to be a part of that.”

Nathan Spanier: “In video games you also have some control over exactly what’s happening, so you can choose your own story.”

Just like you can choose your own career path. The Gaming Simulation program at Rasmussen College in Fargo began two years ago.

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