It’s game on for Ben as computer creation is picked as a winner

WINNER Ben Blethyn, senior concept artist at Climax Studios and Stuart Godfrey, recruitment manager, with Ben Pearce. Picture: Sarah Standing (131261-5597)

WINNER Ben Blethyn, senior concept artist at Climax Studios and Stuart Godfrey, recruitment manager, with Ben Pearce. Picture: Sarah Standing (131261-5597)

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TALENTED teenager Ben Pearce has seen his design turned into an animated character thanks to a local video game company.

Climax Studios creates and designs games for Nintendo and Sony.

Staff visited Admiral Lord Nelson School as part of a personal development day.

The Year 9 students were challenged with designing their own character to be used in a computer game.

Climax Studios then decided on the best idea and created it professionally, turning it into a fully-fledged animated character.

And Ben, 14, was announced as the winner.

His creation was Yemanshan, a ‘super robot defender’ who lives in a volcanic world.

Ben said: ‘I was shocked and surprised because my drawing skills aren’t that good. But they made it look really good. It looked like something from a game.’

As the winner, Ben was presented with a framed image of his character.

The personal development day saw local companies being invited into the school to work in groups with pupils, telling them about what they do and how to get involved with them as a career.

Claire James is leader of design at the school and organised the day.

She said: ‘I decided that it would be nice to have more links with businesses and professionals that deal with creativity in their jobs. I really wanted the students to understand that there are thousands and thousands of jobs to do with design and creativity. Climax was a hugely popular choice bcause of the games they produce.’

Yesterday, Climax returned to the school to present Ben with his award.

‘He was gobsmacked. I think he was completely dumbstruck,’ Ms James added. ‘It was really lovely for him.

‘The students really gain some aspirations.

‘During the day the companies went through what they needed to do to get a job there and what they are looking for.

‘It’s do-able. Climax are in Portsmouth so it’s right on their doorstep.’

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