The Entertainment Software Association reported this week that more colleges and universities than ever are offering degrees and certificate programs in video game design, programming, and art, CNET reports. According to the organization, 254 institutions currently offer programs focused on video game creation. Notably, the University of Pennsylvania offers a master’s degree in computer graphics and game technology. The ESA said 54 programs have been added since 2008, representing a 27 percent increase in the number of video game-related degree programs across the United States. "Today, video games are not only the fastest-growing entertainment medium, they are also increasingly used in education and business for professional training and eLearning," Rich Taylor, senior vice president for communications and industry affairs at the ESA, said in a statement. "These new college programs underscore the importance of the video games industry, which is well-poised to create additional employment and professional opportunities in the coming years." The increase in the number of video game-related degree programs might have something to do with the industry’s growth over the past decade. According to the ESA’s 2009 Essential Facts about Computer and Video Games booklet, "68 percent of American households now play video games, and 42 percent of American homes have a video game console."

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