DMA SUCCESS STORY: Game Design Student Zachary Orobko

By Phill Powell

It’s amazing what you can accomplish in two short weeks, if you know how to use them. For DMA student, Zachary Orobko, it was enough time for him to discover what makes video games tick, and master enough game design skills to make his own game level and character.

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Zachary’s a 15-year-old from Surrey, British Columbia. He spent part of his July at DMA’s UBC tech camps in Vancouver.

He loved taking one of DMA’s Academies – two week game design courses that guide students even more deeply into tech subjects.

He’s still very jazzed about the summer he had at DMA. Check it out:

THE DMA INTERVIEW: ZACHARY OROBKO

What did you actually create at DMA tech camp?
A fully functional 3D video game level, including a playable character.

How exactly did it make you feel when you completed your final project?
I felt great! It was two weeks well spent. I had always wanted to learn what it takes to build a video game.

What were the most fun things about attending DMA tech camp?
Meeting people with similar interests was definitely fun. Seeing firsthand what it takes to build these games that I (and so many others) play really “took the cake.”

Did you make friends at DMA camp this summer?
Yes, I made many friends during the two weeks I was at DMA. I’d have to say I got to know 10 people quite well.

Do you think your experience at DMA will help you now that you’re back at your regular school?
If I choose a computer class as an elective I would definitely use what I learned.

Would you like to come back to a DMA tech camp next summer?
Definitely. I had a lot of fun at DMA.

Would you suggest DMA tech camps to your best friends and their parents?
I would definitely recommend them. The instructor I had (Scott Xiong) is very knowledgeable and made the camp very enjoyable.

Were your parents pleased with your DMA experience?
Yes, they were. They were very impressed with what I made and how much I learned over a two-week period. It gave me firsthand exposure to building games, to help me understand what it would mean to work in the game industry.

THE NAME OF THE GAME

No matter what type of video game our students like to build or play, the name of the game at DMA is achievement.

Make it happen at Digital Media Academy summer tech camps, where kids (ages 6-12) and teens (12-17) get deep into the hottest tech subjects going, including programming.

But there’s a lot more to DMA than you may realize. At DMA, campers build their personal confidence by mastering exciting new technologies, including cutting-edge topics like 3D printing, virtual reality and wearable tech.

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Special thanks to DMA’s Rachelle Harding for coordinating this interview!