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Fri Jun 13, 2008 5:49 pm Reply and quote this post
Like Gilligan's Island and the American Constitution, everything Iknow about summer camp, I know from Hollywood movies and occasionalreferences on Friends. My mental image is of a nightmarish healthGulag, with kids herded into remote countryside camps to play 'soccer'and have Wonder Years-style developmental experiences. I didn't thinkthey'd get to learn about games.
From this summer, however, US teens will be able to spend two weeks at Camp Fatal1ty- an educational videogame getaway taking place at Emory University,Stanford University, UCLA and Villanova University, and overseen bysuccessful pro-gamer, Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel. From the pressrelease:

At Camp Fatal1ty students will have theonce-in-a-lifetime experience of learning a variety of UnrealTournament 3 tactics and strategies developed by Fatal1ty and otherprofessional gamers. These strategies have been honed in internationalcompetitions. Teens will test their new battle skills againstclassmates in tournament play.

Additionally, they'll learn to create machinima andbuild highlight video reels of their best in-game moves and shots.Besides learning how to create games, students can expect late-nightNVIDIA-hosted gaming tournaments and LAN parties. To further introduceteens to the world of gaming, students will tour a major gamedevelopment studio and will learn first-hand how industry professionalscreate premier commercial games. At the end of the course, each studentwill take home a Fatal1ty-branded keyboard.

So learn about games all day and play them all night? Parents ofAmerica - forget the great outdoors, forget sport, if you love yourchildren this is where they must be sent. It's $3,499 (plus $300 foroptional weekend stay) well spent.

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Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:33 pm Reply and quote this post
Me being the somewhat nerdy kid I am even find this taking it too far.  I'd like to know whose really THIS serious about gaming to spend that much money to go on some camp that they wouldn't be proud to say they've been to just so they can learn how to play a game better.  I would rather go to a lan party at most 75mi away playing a game I've never heard of (meaning, no skills) than this camp.
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