Massachusetts colleges and universities are establishing majors and concentrations in video game development to train future industry leaders, the Boston Business Journal reports. At the Wentworth Institute of Technology, for instance, students can take an introductory course in video game development. Slated to launch in 2009, the school also plans to expand the offering into a concentration consisting of five courses tackling topics such as 3-D game development, game engine design, virtual reality and immersive environments, according to officials. Northeastern University, meanwhile, is creating a new game design and development major, which will launch by fall 2008 or 2009. Also, at Boston University, a four-course graduate certificate in multimedia and video game engineering program opened for students this semester. Previously, video game companies heavily recruited staff from technical and art schools, industry officials said, adding that now, as colleges adopt relevant programs, there is less need to handpick from select segments. One Northeastern program chair notes that elements of video games will extend beyond entertainment into other business sectors and "universities are beginning to think of [ways to] deliver curriculum that's going to prepare people to work in that kind of environment" (Noyes, Boston Business Journal, 2/1/08).