From Playing Video Games to Making Them, Meet Jubi from P.S. 15 - VIDEO

"My name is Jubahed (Jubi for short) and I’m ten years old in fifth grade at P.S. 15.... I am really excited to go to the computer camp!"

Thanks to a generous donation, Jubi will be attending idTech Camp at Columbia University this summer. For Jubi, playing video games wasn’t enough - he wanted to make his own. He’s tried by himself and in school, but with a summer at idTech Camp, Jubi will be able to learn the programs he needs to make the games he loves.

I spoke with Jubi about his favorite kinds of games and his plans for camp. Following the interview, Jubi will take you on a tour of one of his games. We can’t wait to see what Jubi creates next!

AH: How did you get interested in computers?

JQ: Well, it all started when I was six. My brother found out about video games so after he finished his homework he would start playing them. They looked fun, so I tried them. Later, I was looking on the Internet about creating games. I was super interested in that so I tried it at home. I thought it was really amazing - I guess that’s why I wanted to learn more about computers

AH:What kind of games do you like the best?

JQ: I like RPG-style games, but I don’t always have free time, so when I do that’s what I like to play. I have a pretty decent amount of homework.

AH: What is an RPG, for someone who doesn’t know?

JQ: An RPG game is a role-playing game, so you are a character in the game and there are usually monsters in it. For instance, there’s Pokemon - and depending on your choices, the game changes.

AH: What are you hoping to do this summer at idTech Camp?

JQ: I’m hoping to create my own RPG game. I’ve tried it before but I didn’t think what I made was good. I didn’t know how to use the program - RPG Maker - that well, but I am hoping to learn how to use it better.

AH: Do you have some ideas for characters you’d like to put in your game?

JQ: Not yet, but I was thinking of making a game similar to Pokemon, with monsters. I think the best part of playing games is defeating someone who is evil at the end of the game. I was thinking I would start off in a little town, in the character’s room. But maybe then something bad happens.

AH: And then you have to be the hero in the game?

JQ: Yeah.

In this video, Jubi walks you through a game he created at school.

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Jubi Explains His Video Game Design from Change for Kids on Vimeo.