Ars Technica writes: "It's hard to ignore just how large the business of video games is becoming. As a result, more and more groups are making the effort to train kids about the industry and provide them with some basic game design skills; game design and creation is a growth business in a slow economy. Even though North Carolina's politicians don't seem to quite be on board with embracing the game industry, both Charlotte's main library and ImaginOn are offering summer workshops which teach kids some design basics.
This opportunity is a popular one, as The Charlotte Observer reported that these library classes filled up shortly after they were first announced. The workshops are open for students between the ages of 8 and 18, lasting for four days. The six-person classes work on creating 2D platforming titles, reminiscent of 8-bit classics like Mario. There is the possibility of staying longer than one workshop, as particularly-talented students may stay on as interns."