Hey all, I've been following the site for years but haven't actually interacted with the community until now. Recently I've had a growing concern for my little brother that you guys might be able to help me out with, I'd really appreciate the advice.
He wants to be a game designer, which is awesome and I'm all for it. However, he is so set on going to gaming school and thinks our family can pay for an expensive college like Digipen or NYU. My family lives in Middle Tennessee, so an out-of-state school so far away with those price tags probably won't happen. He's really smart (30 on the ACT, he'll probably wind up two or three points higher) but doesn't apply himself in school, so he doesn't have the grades to even get into NYU or some similar school.
So what I'm trying to ask is what is a good option for him? Are there any gaming schools/communities in the South that he can study/intern in? Should he get his undergrad in computer science or programming at a state school and look into specialized masters programs later?
He's applying for colleges next year, so whatever advice any of you have will be much appreciated. Thanks!