Local boys advise Angry Birds creators

Angry Birds

Some local young men recently traveled to Ireland to advise creators of the game Angry Birds on what young people want in games.

Special to The Sun
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 03:01 PM.

Two local boys traveled from the Emerald Coast to the Emerald Isle to tell video game makers how to make more greenbacks.

Local teens Carlton Ragsdale and Max Trussell traveled to Ireland in late July to help out the developers of the video game Angry Birds. The boys are students at Ohana Institute in Rosemary Beach and avid video game players. They were selected by the school to do a presentation on educational software and help beta test some of the company's new games. They presented in front of 60 or so people who were with the investment company at a think-tank conference.

Carlton said he and his friend Max were chosen because they are the biggest nerds at their school — a title Carlton says he wears with pride.

"I spend much more time in front of the computer than I probably should," he confesses. "And I spend a lot of time in line at stores trying to pick up a game. It's what I enjoy."

Carlton said the company wanted his opinion on educational gaming as someone who plays a lot of games.

"I told them that educational gaming's priority should be to make it fun and educational. A text-book game is not fun," he said.

Carlton says he has played video games for most of his 16 years.



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