The game developers of tomorrow are being applauded by the United States government as part of President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” initiative. The third-annual National STEM Video Game Challenge winners were announced this week, with all fourteen receiving an AMD-powered laptop packed full of “game design and educational software.” Teams also get a $2,000 cash prize, which either goes to the creators or their sponsors. Unfortunately for us, we didn’t see any of the familiar faces from the local STEM workshop we visited earlier this year.
Many of the games focus on education in some form, though the overall goal of the contest is simply to help spur STEM education in the United States — part of the country’s initiatives to elevate science, technology, engineering and math education in the US. We’ve dropped just one example of the fourteen winners’ games below, Pixel Star One from budding game dev (and California high school student) Sooraj Suresh, because it’s a totally sweet old-school shooter.