How to start a new life with the CNN Future Games program
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By Laura FischbachCNN • September 30, 2019 02:06:04By Laura FitchFitch/CNN CNN • September 28, 2019 06:00:52In 2018, the CNN program “FutureGames” opened its doors to CNN’s graduates from the CNN Preparatory Courses program, a year after CNN was launched.
The program was designed to prepare young adults who may not have been exposed to gaming in the United States for the possibility of participating in virtual reality, and the program is part of CNN’s commitment to diversify the way people watch CNN and help create a more diverse audience for its programming.
In addition to the courses, the program has also offered courses for young adults interested in pursuing careers in the gaming industry, the production of virtual reality content, and other careers.
The goal of CNN FutureGames is to offer a way to get people in the future into virtual reality that is accessible, fun, and affordable, said Katie Anderson, a program director and senior content producer.
The programs focus on four topics: The fundamentals of virtual worlds; how virtual reality works; what it takes to be a VR creator; how to build a virtual reality game; and how to make your own virtual reality games.
CNN Futuregames is the brainchild of CNN president Jeff Zucker, who joined CNN in 2012.
The first program began as a pilot project in 2015, with CNN contributing $50,000 to the program.
Today, the four programs currently offer more than 600 participants, including many with no previous VR experience.CNN’s new FutureGames program, which will be launched this year, aims to prepare students for jobs in the virtual world and entertainment industries.
Anderson said the program offers a number of different pathways to become a virtual content creator, from a virtual assistant, or virtual assistant that will be paid for and provided with specific tasks to a freelance producer, to an artist, to a developer who will develop a game for virtual reality.
“I think it’s the most inclusive way for a lot of people,” Anderson said.
“It’s the way you do it in the first place.
You are giving people the opportunity to build their career.”
The first two CNN Future games, “Project Atlas” and “Project Zomboid,” were created by a group of developers, and they both featured VR content.
“Project Titan,” the third and final project, was created by an independent team, and it will feature a VR experience similar to what students in CNN’s program will experience.
The third and last “Project Zeus” was created in 2018.
“This program is not a competition, but we’re trying to bring people together and have a sense of community and shared vision,” Anderson told CNNMoney.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to work with all the partners that we have.”
Anderson said the team is looking forward to having a lot more students participating in the program in the next year or two.
“We think the program, once it’s launched, will have many, many people, and we will be really proud of the graduates who are going to participate in it,” she said.
By Laura FischbachCNN • September 30, 2019 02:06:04By Laura FitchFitch/CNN CNN • September 28, 2019 06:00:52In 2018, the CNN program…