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Champlain College's Game Studio has donated eight recently retired custom-built game development computer systems to The Generator, a combination of artist studios, classrooms, and a business incubator located in the South End.
According to Generator board member Michael Metz, the donated computers will substantially improve the computing capacity of the community maker lab and run the latest creative and engineering software to support Generator's mission. The donated computers, while just retired, remain powerful workstations in their own right, due to the state-of-the-art system requirements needed for the game development programs at Champlain.
According to Jonathan Ferguson, Assistant Professor of Game Design and Production in The Game Studio at Champlain College, who arranged the donation, developing video games requires cutting-edge technology, including computer workstations capable of 3D modeling, animation, programming and design for real-time interactive experiences, such as virtual and augmented reality.
The computer donation will also allow The Generator to explore Free (as in Freedom Preserving) Software, such as GNU/Linux, an effort in keeping with the spirit of the Free Software and Open Source movement linked to Maker Labs and Hackerspaces all over the world, Ferguson explained.
The Game Studio at Champlain College teaches undergraduates how to make video games in a collaborative context. Learn more about the nationally recognized game development programs at https://gamestudio.champlain.edu/ and https://www.champlain.edu/.
For more information about Generator, membership, and programs, visit https://generatorvt.com/ or call 802-540-0761.
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.