Stephen Jacobs's Blog
Stephen Jacobs is an Associate Director of the Center for Media, Art, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC) and a Professor in the School of Interactive Games and Media at RIT. He has been a game and/or narrative designer on the serious game efforts Just Press Play, Picture the Impossible, MindGamers, Flip for History, and consulted on game design and narrative for Second Avenue Learning, and Ratatoskr Entertainment,Inc andothers. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the IGDA Learning, Education and Games SIG and in the past has been on the Executive Committees for The IGDA Writers and Educators SIGs and has been a presenter at GDC. He serves as a Visiting Scholar for the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at the Strong National Museum of Play, where he contributed to the design of the eGameRevolution permanent exhibit and is currently working on a new exhibit to be opened in 2016. He founded the Jewish Play Project to support the study of the role of Jewish designers, engineers and inventors, in toys, games, coin-op and video games.
He became involved in the Open Source community when he had his students make educational games for the One Laptop per Child/Sugar platform. His work there led to a collaboration with other professors to create the first academic minor in open source and free culture and an early stage effort at a FOSS games SIG for the IGDA.
He has been a free-lance writer for over twenty years for magazines, television, radio and web pubs. His resume also includes stints as: Bench Tech for Crazy Eddie's, Sign Language Interpreter for Deaf Street Gangs and Paramount Pictures' Children of a Lesser God, Educational Filmmaker, and Technology Journalist.
An introduction to the history of video games, pinball and "traditional" toys and games and the roles Jewish designers, engineers and inventors have had since the 1800s that's explored in greater depth at jewishplayproject.org
Over two days the UPB and RIT students heard from Thomas Jarzombek, Representative for Westphalia and Dr. Peter Tauber, Secretary General of the Germany's leading political party, the Christian Democratic Union. Both men work closely with Chancelor Merkel
Another RIT/University of Paderborn visit was to Wargaming's office in Berlin. Some interesting discussions around game balance and the companies broader activities ensued.
I went to Germany with 15 students to hang with Dr. Professor Jörg Müller-Lietzkow and his students. Jörg's introduced us to major components of German games culture, politics and studios. Writers and IGDA leaders, this one's one got stuff for you.
During GDC Tuesday night over 70 American and Israeli game industry members, friends and family sat down last night to celebrate the Jewish Holiday of Passover with a Seder.
This year the dates for the Annual Game Developers Conference fall during Passover. Members of the industry are sponsoring a seder for those away from home for the holiday
Stephen Jacobs's Comments
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Glad you liked it. It ...
Glad you liked it. It 's a beginning. We 'll be updating it regularly starting at the end of January
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Admittedly, the CDU is not ...
Admittedly, the CDU is not the Greens :- I visited with a team of fifteen US students, six German students, one German Faculty member and another US faculty member. After we met with Dr. Tauber, we were given a presentation, and had a discussion, with Sidney Pfannstiel, head of CDU ...
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What 's interesting to me, ...
What 's interesting to me, despite what discussions there may or not be about the operations of the prize, is that industry and government partnered on an annual, national event created to do something other than label video games as the tool of the devil and all their players psychopaths ...
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Thanks for your comment. Emailed ...
Thanks for your comment. Emailed response to me has been positive. I welcome all opinions here, natch. I expect to see a lot of positive change once the new director is in place. I'd be happy to have you post information on other simillarly-sized associAtions with simillar dues structures to ...
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