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Camden Benkovsky

Major: Interactive media

Clark Days: Camden remembers becoming immediately fascinated with the Nintendo Wii game console he received as a gift when he was 6 years old. This early love of games led Camden to the Becker School of Design & Technology from his hometown of Ashland, Virginia. He was attracted to the program’s impressive ranking — The Princeton Review has named the BSDT the No. 4 school for game design in the world. Creating games during the Game Studio course was the highlight of Camden’s undergraduate years. The course was a valuable asset in understanding the process of making a game from scratch and building his confidence in public speaking.

Post-Commencement Plans: Camden is pursuing his MFA in the BSTD graduate program. He’s continuing work on Garden of Táozi, a sliding block puzzle game he and his peers worked on during the past academic year and exhibited at the PAX East gaming conference this spring. Camden will lead a Game Studio course as an MFA student to prepare Garden of Táozi for commercial release. Before graduate school, he’s spending a month in Japan this summer to study the language.

Observation: “Playing video games can transport you out of this world and into the world that’s inside the TV. That blew my mind when I was a kid. I’ve wanted to pursue video game design ever since.”