Digital duo delves into video gaming industry with new title

Digital duo delves into video gaming industry with new title

Digital duo delves into video gaming industry with new title
April 07
02:30 2016

Nikki Lyssy | Staff Writer

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Video games are now unprecedentedly popular and get played every day for fun with top-notch technology utilized to make them more immersive than ever before.

But for computer science seniors Zachary Corley and Steven Kenney, video games aren’t only a fun way to pass the time, but a career path. Both students are serving as interns at From the Future Games, a company based on the Square.

Corley’s involvement in the video game industry began at a young age.

“I remember playing older games like Diablo 2 and asking my dad to defeat the boss because I was still rather bad at the game,” Corley said. “I got better as I got older and grew more and more interested in creating my own games.”

Kenney’s path into gaming is different than Corley’s. Once a chemistry major, he discovered his love for gaming while in the process of changing his major.

“I liked computer science when I entered college, but became discouraged by a couple things and came back around to it when I felt like I really didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Kenney said.

Kenney decided to switch to computer science after one of his advisors told him UNT has a gaming certificate. Corley explained how they became involved with the company by taking different classes to qualify and receive it.

“I took Game Development with Dr. Parberry last semester,” Corley said. “The whole course is project-based and in the end Dr. Parberry hosts a game contest with judges from the gaming industry.”

The judges for the contest were a part of From the Future Games and happened to be seeking out interns. This semester, Kenney and Corley juggle classes with their internships.

“Now I’ve been programming and helped a little with one game. Mostly I’ve been working on how to program for iOS and working on a new app that they’ve got contracted for,” Kenney said. “It’s [an app] that’s already out, but I’m recreating it and From the Future will possibly be upgrading it.”

A normal day for Kenney and Corley consists of several projects. They typically wake up early, start programming, go to class, come back and do some more work for another class. All on top of working a couple days out of the week.

“I usually work in the morning, so I wake up early and head to the office,” Corley said. “After a few hours there, I head to my first class, and then don’t get home ‘till late in the evening.”

Kenney said he has enjoyed learning from top-notch professionals in the industry he hopes to be a part of one day.

“Getting a chance to work with people who are in the industry for awhile [has been my favorite part],” Kenney said. “[That] and getting to learn what they’re doing and knowing they want me to do my best. They don’t expect a whole crazy amount from me, necessarily..”

Business manager Libby Mitchell spoke to the work ethic of Kenney and Corley.

“Both of them have a very good grasp on program and design, which is what was needed for the projects we have,” Mitchell said. “For us, Zach and Steven both bring fresh and new perspectives to our company. They are both eager to learn and have a thirst for knowledge in a competitive industry. It is really great to see.”

Individually, each of them bring something unique to the table to enhance the company.

“They had the programming skills from the get-go, which was a great help to everyone,” Mitchell said. “It was also obvious that they both enjoy the work. No problem is too big for Zach, and Steven finds everything interesting and exciting.”

Mitchell is hopeful that From the Future Games’ relationship can continue with UNT in the future.

“Being a gaming and developing company, it is always helpful to use interns and then to get them involved early so they know what the field has to offer,” Mitchell said. “We will have need in the future, for artists, designers, marketers and producers. It is a great industry to be involved in and much of the technology is groundbreaking.”

Featured Image: Courtesy | From the Future Games

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