A group of middle school girls from San Francisco have just launched a Kickstarter campaign for their game Find Me. It is a 2D puzzle platformer in which the player must guide a lost shadow through a city to be reunited with her human girl. The only things which stand in your way are a series of puzzles and your only enemies are dangerous street lights which will make you disappear.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that our children are going to be the next game designers and engineers and, whether intentional or not, most of the time we think that it is going to be boys who are going to carry the torch and lead the way. But one project based in aims to change this by providing girls aged 8-18 with opportunities to learn about game development through summer camps and workshops in cities around the World. Introducing Girls Make Games.
Launched in 2014, Girls Make Games is a program led by LearnDistrict, an educational company based in San Jose, CA. The founder and CEO of Girls Make Games, Laila Shabir, says that she started it “with the vision to inspire and encourage girls to create the games they love and to explore a career in game development”. Every year, Girls Make Games run three-week summer camps in which girls come together to learn about all aspects of game development from sound to how to use Unity tools. Attendees are split into teams to work on their own games and compete to win prizes with the overall winning team getting a chance to see their game published.
To learn more about Girls Make Games and the winning game from this years summer camp, Find Me, please head to the Kickstarter page to learn more and donate.