I am Pamela “PMac” McMillan, Chairman and CEO of PETAL et al., a not-for-profit organization.
Recently, many of you have expressed an interest to me in learning more about video game development, Unity, Gimp, Blender and/or setting up an Indie Studio. And since we can’t always meet or schedule workshops at the convenience of everyone, we have put together a project-based online learning system. PETAL et al. has a track record of training students across the globe and across the country. This summer, after interviewing over twenty students for internships, we narrowed it down to five outstanding candidates to help put together this living online learning program. When I say living, I mean we are always looking to update and improve upon it with the help of the game development community and those wishing to learn, which is why the content included on the site will be under Creative Commons with the hope that the entertainment arts community will help fill in any voids (if they exist) and/or collaborate on enhancements.
Beginning August 16, 2014 the Beta site will be available to go through and complete the project or the tutorials that interest you. If you have suggestions for improvements or see something that needs to be corrected, please add comments to the page. We also welcome any positive feedback or compliments on certain aspects of the site so we’ll know where we are doing okay or great! PETAL et al. will also email you a survey for internal use only so that we know what interests you, and what you would like to see in the future.
Our hope is that one day students of any age, teachers, retirees, shut-ins, parents of budding game developers, etc., no matter where they are, will have access to learn from high quality instruction that allows them to complete a project while learning the process of building a game, and know what to do after it is done. Can you imagine the wonderful things that can develop with structured project-based learning that can be accessed from anywhere? This will be a FREE one-stop site for project-based learning of game development and entertainment technology arts without the clutter of unrelated courses. It’s awesome!
Those that complete the survey and tutorials with comments will be added to our “Wall of Heroes.” That’s what you are to the people who needed the help that you provided to them. You will also have access to portfolios and work of serious people looking to work on project teams or get help on a project. We plan to expand this to include the portfolios of people that have been identified as being talented and reliable.
Please contact us if you are interested in being a part of this epic project by creating tutorials or completing the ones we have online! Your help will be appreciated by many students all over the world and remembered by students in years to come.
Pamela “PMac” McMillan