Tennessee Gaming Industry Video Game Developer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry, and it’s adults, not kids, that shape the industry.

Dallen Larson, video game developer and student at Austin Peay State University, spoke to News 2 to give more insight into the industry.

“When I was younger I always played video games. I remember there was a game cube in the car when my parents were driving,” Larson said. “I remember it was a very good experience when I was younger, and it really impacted my life and changed me.”

Larson said that when he was very young, he knew he wanted to give other children the same experience.

He is currently enrolled at Austin Peay State University to complete his degree in Computer Science and Information Technology. However, even without a degree, he has already released several video games.

Last year, as a freshman, he developed a game called “Rhythm Knights” for Steam and Xbox.

“The game is so important that there are so many different career areas they can get into,” Larson said. “Schools exploring something as big as this can be difficult. I think a lot of people don’t really understand the industry.

He continued, “I think educating students about their potential new career paths that are opening up every day, whether it’s developing games like me or playing video games competitively, I think it could open students’ eyes to what they could possibly do as a career.”