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ESA Creates $45,000 Game Development Scholarship

The ESA Foundation today announced the establishment of a program which will grant $45,000 in scholarships to students pursuing careers in game development.

The program outlines 15 scholarships of $3,000 each for women and minority students who are enrolled full-time at accredited four-year academic institutions. The scholarships will be available for use towards fields supporting game development including compuster science, animation, graphic design, software engineering and others.

"Positions in our industry are high-paying jobs with a remarkable potential to inspire and entertain millions of Americans," said ESA president and CEO Michael Gallagher. "We offer this program to help create our industry's next generation who will boost the industry's creative capital with new and unique approaches," Gallagher added.

The deadline for applications for the ESA Foundation's 2008-09 scholarship is May 15, and interested students can apply online.

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    March 19, 2008 8:09 PM

    The program outlines 15 scholarships of $3,000 each for women and minority students....

    All white men were born with a monocle and moneyhats......true story.

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      March 19, 2008 8:10 PM

      Yeah but no one ever spends money on white women.

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      March 19, 2008 8:40 PM

      So what constitutes a minority? Do they mean non-asian minorities? Otherwise known as NAMs?

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      March 19, 2008 8:53 PM

      Isn't this sexist and racist?

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        March 20, 2008 8:38 AM

        yeah pretty much.
        I'm a white male, so I must have people lining up to give my broke-ass a hand.

        You know how I got through school? Loans and credit cards, nobody helped me one iota.

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        March 20, 2008 10:19 AM

        Nor more then any game development company I've seen hire women just because they need to meet a quota no matter how incompetant they are.

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      March 19, 2008 8:55 PM

      hilarious since so many actual gamers are white boys/men.

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      March 19, 2008 9:02 PM

      You guys are missing the point. This is more to get people of different backgrounds into game development. I think there are plenty of white men in the field.

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        March 19, 2008 9:10 PM

        Thats ridiculous. Thats doing something for the sake of doing it. Why does it matter what background you are from. This scholarship isn't going to "get different backgrounds into game development". Does it really matter that there are 'plenty of white men in the field.' What does that matter to people that might want to get into that AREN'T in it.

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        March 19, 2008 9:15 PM

        But why do we need different backgrounds in ANY career field? Maybe they dont WANT to. You cant force them, but instead they bribe them. Its like complaining that there are not enough Whites or Asians in the NBA. Do we create special incentives for them too?

        Further, you cannot create ingenuity. When it comes to game development, either you have skill, or you dont. It doesnt matter if you are a boy or girl, or black/white/red/purple or what friggin country you come from.
        And despite what your teacher tells you, you cant have a perfect "melting pot" in every career. its not normal...its not how things work.
        And thats not racist, or sexist, its just the truth.
        I mean whats next...the ratio between the races isnt the same, so they will start having "breeding quotas" too?
        its freaking stupid.

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          March 19, 2008 9:17 PM

          Because studies have proven that a well diverse group of gender, race, backround, etc. leads to different ideas.

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            March 19, 2008 11:09 PM

            Any groups of any people lead to different ideas. Are you telling me that a group of X people are going to constantly come up with the same ideas over and over just because they are X people? I understand the 'different cultures' thing might bring different ideas, but still. To be honest, I am simply not interested in some cultures. I think they are boring or not rationally grounded in reality. I am not interested in eastern philosophy for instance. But if someone else wants to be interested in that, thats fine, its just not what I'm doing. This gets me back to this globalization nonsense.

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          March 19, 2008 9:38 PM

          From now on all baskets made by white men in the NBA will be worth one additional point. All baskets made by Asians are worth 2 additional points. Women still have their own league cause no one wants to watch that shit.

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        March 19, 2008 9:47 PM

        You're about 15 years behind, affirmative action didn't work

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        March 19, 2008 9:48 PM

        Fuck that, we need more talented and imaginative developers period. I don't give three fucks about the skin color or gender of the person doing the work, because it's the work that really matters.

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          March 19, 2008 10:31 PM

          I'm not a religious person, but amen to that.

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      March 20, 2008 12:20 AM

      Yeah , nothing says moneyhat like $3000 bucks.

      That's not even a money visor, maybe a bandanna. An old sweaty one from the glove box of some hick's Ford.

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      March 20, 2008 1:32 AM

      Lol, didn't ideas like that fail 10+ years ago?

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      March 20, 2008 5:12 AM


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        March 20, 2008 6:08 AM

        If the uni is in Canada and the students are Canadians it might. It would pay for a semester's tuition at least. Well four years ago it would.

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        March 20, 2008 6:31 AM

        $3000 makes a difference for a student who, due to various social stigmata or lack of positive reinforcement, might not otherwise consider a game development education as a feasible option. the goal here is not to give a few lucky students a free ride so they can get passing marks and sit in their apartments all day, it is to provide extra encouragement for that student who has skills and interests that line up with those related to a career in game development and who is trying to decide what to study.

        as crushing as they are, anyone can sign away 50 years of their life to student loans if they have a strong motivation to get a certain degree. that's not what these scholarships are about.

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      March 20, 2008 6:48 AM

      Maybe someone should send them a link to Obama's speech.

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      March 20, 2008 8:31 AM


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