by Rhonda Massad
What better way to have happy kids than letting them do what they do best this summer. Nemesis Video Game Lounge has scheduled their first ever summer camp that promises a balance between outdoor activity on gorgeous summer days and gaming – an activity loved by tweens and teens.
Dollard resident and owner Shaundel Celestin has made a life out of gathering local youth to do what they love the most- gaming. Since 2007 she has welcomed tweens and teens to her location in Pointe Claire, providing a safe haven for young gamers. A huge gaming space,a party room and a lounge for parents are all part of the supervised programming offered for about $4 an hour with a $20 monthly membership.
“When the kids are playing here they are not playing on the internet,” Celestin explained, “they are all playing on their own console but they are playing the same game with one another. The same way you would net work computers in an office, our games are all networked to one another giving a more social aspect to gaming.”
Nemesis plans to have their virtual reality (VR) lounge set up in time for camp this summer.
“Nemesis will be introducing a dedicated room to VR,” she explained. “The where sight and sound are taken over. You can climb Mount Everest or go to the bottom of the ocean to swim with the sharks with the system. It will be amazing.”
The summer camp will balance excursions, outdoor activity with game building and programming to make sure children are not spending their summer starring at a screen.
“We will be teaching 9 to 14-year-olds the basics of programming,” Celestin went on. “A lot of kids like playing games, we want to teach them what is involved and how to build a game. We will build a mini game or what is known as app style games.”
The fun begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. with extra hours on either side to accommodate working families. Each session will have only twelve campers costing $299 per week with a minimum of two weeks registration.
“We start teaching the kids algorithms in the first week and process to building a game in week two. We will cover a lot and will have tons of fun,” Celestin promised.
Check out Nemesis online at www.nemesislan.ca .