little funding for their Welsh school, so most technology is second-hand or dated,
and free programs like Microsoft Kodu play an important role. The three friends
joined the Kodu club after noticing a flyer in the school’s corridor. Their imagination
and dedication helped them use and develop their skills to win the national competition.
Experiences such as Kodu Kup expose youth to imaginative education and skill building
in a struggling region, and allow for other types of exploration. “For us, because
we are in a very small community, it gives people an opportunity to look at a wider
world,” said Richard Thomas, the computer science teacher who initially launched
the school’s Kodu club.
Part of the wider world includes experiences in the multi-billion-dollar gaming
industry. Creative director Gary Carr of Lionhead Studios was a judge at the event.
Working in the industry for 28 years, Carr has witnessed many changes, including
a greater presence of women as both gamers and developers.
“Stereotypes are breaking down,” said Carr. “Many games appeal to both boys and
girls. Games bridge both gender and age differences. This generation of parents
are playing video games with their children, in order to share a common interest