Freescale and Nintendo create educational resource for university game development programs

Bundled offering provides console-specific environment for learning game development skills

(PresseBox) ( SAN JOSE, Calif, )
Freescale Semiconductor's Game Technology Organization and Nintendo® are making game development curricula more relevant for North American university students. With the introduction of an advanced hardware/tools package, students will learn game development skills for console gaming platforms.

"Console devices and games dominate the video game industry, but most university classes still teach game development using PC platforms," said Roger Edgar, manager of Freescale's Game Technology Organization. "Our new offering addresses this disconnect by providing resources that teach students game development fundamentals on the kinds of closed-system platforms most common in the industry."

Designed for students and universities based in North America, the package bundles CodeWarrior(tm) development tools and testing software with Nintendo GameCube(tm) development hardware.

"We are very pleased that Freescale and Nintendo are jointly taking the initiative to provide console development platforms to academic institutions," said Peter Raad, executive director of the Guildhall at Southern Methodist University. "Having hands-on experience in console development will allow our graduates to greatly enhance their career opportunities. The Guildhall at SMU intends to take full advantage of this resource for the benefit for our students."

Creating content for specialized gaming devices is dramatically different from PC game development. On a PC, developers can add memory or disk space when developing a game, while a gaming console is not as easily modified. Consoles have limited RAM, usually no hard drive and a static transfer rate between processors.

"By teaming with Freescale, we want to help universities produce developers capable of generating world class content for Nintendo platforms early in their careers," said Ramin Ravanpey, Nintendo of America's director of software development support. "The program is one of the ways Nintendo is working to ensure that the best and brightest young talent are able to leverage the full power and capabilities of Nintendo game technology."

The offering has a suggested resale price of $1500(USD) and is available now from Freescale's Game Technology Organization.
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