A Barrie man is among ten lucky aspiring game designers chosen as finalists for The Victor Lucas Game Design & Programming Scholarship.
The scholarship looks to find some of the brightest young talents from around the world and offer them a chance to attend the Game Design or Programming for Games, Web & Mobile Programs in 2019 at Vancouver Film School. All of the finalists will receive a partial scholarship with two winners receiving a full ride.
Nathan Borges of Barrie is among them.
Nathan was enthralled by games like Legends of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as a kid and wanted to create the same type of immersive experience for others. Nathan says when playing a game he “picks everything apart and tries to really understand what makes it appealing. I treat every new game as a learning experience and imagine how I could push those boundaries even further”. Nathan was dedicated to chasing his dream of becoming a game designer and knew the VFS was the place where he needed to be.
Victor Lucas says the scholarship that bears his name has been “one of the hardest choices to make because this global shortlist of applicants are truly exceptional”. With each finalist, including Nathan, receiving a partial scholarship, he went on to say “I hope that will help. I want to make a difference and help these talented young students develop their careers”. Expectations for these young game designer is high with Victor saying “I think they’re all amazing, and I fully expect to be playing games they create in the next few years ahead”.
Victor also spoke very highly of Nathan saying “Nathan’s creativity was incredible. He proposed an extremely imaginative concept for a video game he wanted to design one day, and I found myself completely enthralled in his presentation and outline of the game and how it worked. He really brought it to life for me, and I actually found myself thinking it would be a great game, and definitely one I wanted to play”.
With the final decision being made early next week, Nathan is excited about what this means for the future of his career. “Winning would mean the world to me. I am mostly funding this career change myself with a bit of help from my family so winning would allow me the financial freedom to completely focus on my studies and turn my dream into a reality”.