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Developer of Guitar Hero shows kids work can be fun and games


by Bryan Goettel

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - It's a game that is familiar to just about anyone who has dabbled in video games. Guitar Hero has become an international phenomenon. And kids at an entrepreneur camp in Iowa City are finding out some of the latest versions were developed right in their own backyard.

"It's not California, it's not Washington DC, it's not New York so it's pretty cool that there's something, like a game that everybody across the world knows that's from Iowa," camper Michael Olesberg said.

"It's awesome that we can do this in Iowa City being from this area and just vocalizing to all these kids that they have opportunities around this area as well," game developer Jeremy Andersen said.

Andersen is the head of Budcat Creations, the company responsible for developing games like Guitar Hero Metallica that these campers are playing.

"I thought this was going to be like business and stuff," Jacob Pajunen. "I didn't think we were gonna play Guitar Hero."

Andersen says his mom still can't believe her son has gone from a video game-playing kid to the head of a 70-person gaming company.

"She still thinks that we just play video games all day," Andersen said.

But the middle school kids are learning it took years of hard work. That's why his message is resonating almost as much as his games.

"Do what you like because I guess there's a lot of business people who grow up to do what makes money, but it's not really what they like," Olesberg said.

"It's fantastic and it's inspiring," Andersen said. "It's inspiring hopefully for them and definitely for us as well."

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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