“My name is Jubahed (Jubi for short) and I’m ten years old in fifth grade at P.S. 15…. I am really excited to go to the computer camp!”
Thanks to a generous donation, Jubi will be attending idTech Camp at Columbia University this summer. For Jubi, playing video games wasn’t enough–he wanted to make his own. He’s tried by himself and in school, but with a summer at idTech Camp, Jubi will be able to learn the programs he needs to make the games he loves.
I spoke with Jubi about his favorite kinds of games and his plans for camp. Following the interview, Jubi will take you on a tour of one of his games. We can’t wait to see what Jubi creates next!
AH: How did you get interested in computers?
JQ: Well, it all started when I was six. My brother found out about video games so after he finished his homework he would start playing them. They looked fun, so I tried them. Later, I was looking on the Internet about creating games. I was super interested in that so I tried it at home. I thought it was really amazing–I guess that’s why I wanted to learn more about computers
AH:What kind of games do you like the best?
JQ: I like RPG-style games, but I don’t always have free time, so when I do that’s what I like to play. I have a pretty decent amount of homework.
AH: What is an RPG, for someone who doesn’t know?
JQ: An RPG game is a role-playing game, so you are a character in the game and there are usually monsters in it. For instance, there’s Pokemon–and depending on your choices, the game changes.
AH: What are you hoping to do this summer at idTech Camp?
JQ: I’m hoping to create my own RPG game. I’ve tried it before but I didn’t think what I made was good. I didn’t know how to use the program–RPG Maker–that well, but I am hoping to learn how to use it better.
AH: Do you have some ideas for characters you’d like to put in your game?
JQ: Not yet, but I was thinking of making a game similar to Pokemon, with monsters. I think the best part of playing games is defeating someone who is evil at the end of the game. I was thinking I would start off in a little town, in the character’s room. But maybe then something bad happens.
AH: And then you have to be the hero in the game?
In this video, Jubi walks you through a game he created at school.