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Many young children grew up on video games, and many hold their childhood memories of these games close to their hearts. During that carefree time, some children wanted to grow up and create games like the ones they grew up with. However, despite it being a popular dream, few are able to make a career out of video game design. One senior aims to fulfill this dream through his senior project.

“Not only is [my project] a great opportunity to understand coding better, but it’s awesome for me to experience this. When I was a kid, I played a ton of games like Mario, Zelda, and Metroid, but I never stopped to think about how the game works. Now that I’m older, I’d like to see how games work, and now I get to learn how they work. Being able to do this on my own makes me happy. Even if this game is closer to a demo, it’s been really fun to do this. Anyone can be a game developer, you just gotta try. I like this project because [I feel] similar to Elon musk. He’s like a billionaire with a mind of a child. He didn’t have to make flamethrowers, but he did. I don’t have to make a game, but I am,” said senior Santino Longobardi.

Longobardi is one of two seniors taking on this type of project, and aims to have a fully playable video game by April. He started with the Unity game engine, and has made everything else from scratch with the help of his mentor. He aims to incorporate his own coding, art, and music. This is a huge project, but Senior Project has helped him get through it.

“I think the class is good. Having to constantly work through assignments is a positive and a negative. It keeps you in check by breaking the project down, and makes a project seem a lot less overwhelming. With every assignment, I’ve really been able to help myself get through the project. At the start of the year, I asked myself “how am I going to do this?” Now, I feel a lot better about programming, animating, and creating sprite art. The assignments are time consuming, but it helps with time management,” said Longobardi.

It hasn’t been all fun and games for Longobardi though. He has some very unique challenges ahead of him.

“Between the three things, animation, sprite-making, and programming, animation is definitely the most difficult. It’s hard to make animations look fluid; the most simple animations can be super difficult. Programming in C# has been a huge wall too. I’ve been picking up tips on how the programming language works, and I feel better about basic things. I’ve been researching how to write these things and how to edit in order to fit my game. Later I have to add music, but I’ll get to that next semester,” said Longobardi.

Longobardi advises one very important thing for anyone willing to take on this task.

“When you look at everyone’s views on these projects, I don’t think people see how simple the projects can be. If you want to succeed, you have to pick a project that you can commit to. It shouldn’t be a painful memory, you should enjoy it; it doesn’t have to be a struggle, but people make it a struggle. The process can be gruelling, but it if you choose a good project, it can be something amazing to put on your college application, and use later in life,” said Longobardi.

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