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Jeanne Burch's Blog

 

I teach design in a small technical university. My students include those from three "core" programs: Web Design, Graphic Design, and Gaming. And, yes, trying to convince the gaming students they should care about hanging punctuation as much as the web and graphic students has been a challenge!

My first video game was Pong when I was in 7th grade. Before Pong ever existed, I would sneak out of school to play pinball at the local pool hall. When I was in my early twenties, my mom routinely trashed me in Asteroids; a few years after that, my god-daughter routinely trashed me in Mortal Kombat. In spite of that, I developed an unnatural love for video games, especially RPGs. Where most people probably turn on the local weather forecast in the morning, I turn on the game of the moment so I can get in an hour or two (or three) before work. 

Working with all my students is a blast, but I love the look of disbelief on the faces of the gaming students when they find out their 50-year-old-plus instructor plays video games, and has for decades. 

 

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Comment In: [News - 01/26/2016 - 06:18]

I liked the story, but ...

I liked the story, but it was linear. I expect more branching choices in Bioware games. No matter what Hawke did, certain people died. No matter what Hawke did, certain things happened. It was an unsatisfying experience.

Comment In: [News - 12/15/2015 - 04:03]

The study is interested in ...

The study is interested in attitudes rather than game genres, so it doesn 't have the granularity that game designers want. As an instructor, however, I get the Candy Crush argument all the time from my mostly male gaming students, although by the time they get to their third semester, ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/17/2015 - 02:04]

If you want to try ...

If you want to try a DIY trademark, you can get started at the U.S. Patent and Trademark website at http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-getting-started/trademark-basics r n r nIt costs between 225 and 325. r n r nCaveat: you 'll need to do your own due diligence, including researching whether or not your proposed ...

Comment In: [News - 07/27/2015 - 04:00]

I taught Game Story and ...

I taught Game Story and Character Design for the first time this past term. The textbook used by my university is Chris Crawford on Interactive Storytelling 2nd Edition . r n r nAs I mentioned in another post, the students have not responded positively to the idea of creating an ...

Comment In: [News - 07/02/2015 - 02:22]

Chris Crawford on Interactive Storytelling ...

Chris Crawford on Interactive Storytelling is the textbook used in the Storytelling for Video Games class that I teach. His ideas are hard to sell to the students. Most of them have plots in mind for their video games and really resist handing story control over to the players. It ...

Comment In: [News - 06/03/2015 - 05:50]

I thought CD Projekt RED ...

I thought CD Projekt RED was against DRM on general principle. Did they have to add it to X-Box One games