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Gaming through Life

Sam Zentz, Reporter

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“Here take this,” Michael’s older brother said.

“You want me to play Halo on the XBOX while you’re gone?” the 6-year-old Michael said.

“Yeah, why not?” his brother said.

Michael picked up the controller and ever since that day, he’s loved playing video games.

Although now, senior Michael Cantu prefers to play PC games instead of on console.

“Games like Mass Effect, Nier, and other role playing games are what I enjoy,” he said.

He doesn’t just like to play video games; he likes to create them.

“I write stories and code, and make characters for the games I make, but I don’t do it all on my own,” Cantu said.

Producing a game can get tough. However, Cantu has enough basic knowledge of game design to fix most problems.

“You have to know the ins and outs of the entire process of creating a video game,” he said. “It’s comprised of a lot of elements that work together to bring the game together.”

Cantu wants to work on obtaining more skills for game design, so he can better himself.

“I’d like to learn more about computer programming,” he said. “It’s a big part of making a game, and it’s the thing I know the least about when it comes to design.”

Sitting at his computer all day makes Cantu antsy, so he often takes on various handmade projects.

“Sometimes I make stuff out of sheet metal,” he said. “One time I made plate armor, and that was really fun.”

Cantu is infamous for his stooge-iness. He jokes around with his friends constantly.

“Me and my friends can get so rowdy, but we just love joking about stuff we do,” he said. “Laughing about funny YouTube videos is a great pastime.”

Cantu jokes around a lot and admits that he does this as a way to cope with personal issues.

“I’ve lived in such a complex situation, emotionally, and other ways, so I just want simplicity when I’m on my own,” he said.

Even through his hardships, Cantu has big dreams for himself.

“Creating video games is something I really enjoy, which is why I want to do it for a living,” he said. “I want to leave my mark on the world.”

 

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