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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 - 07/25/2014 - 08:08]

I played video games from ...

I played video games from the time my parents set up the extra T.V. to be the Pong T.V., but it was playing Phantasy Star on Genesis that made video games the main form of entertainment/expression/what-have-you in my life.

Comment In: [Blog - 07/01/2014 - 06:15]

That was interesting ...

That was interesting

Comment In: [News - 06/25/2014 - 11:59]

There has been a recent ...

There has been a recent spate of re-released classic games Tales of Symphonia in HD Final Fantasy X in HD that have me holding out my checkbook and saying, Take my money for the uber-special edition, TAKE IT r n r nFrom the moment I played Phantasy Star on the ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/16/2014 - 12:51]

@Kyle: I suspect although I ...

@Kyle: I suspect although I don 't know what happens is this similar to what has happened to some exchange students at the university I teach at : r n r nPerson 1: Where are you from r nPerson 2: I 'm from Germany. r nPerson 1: Well, you 're ...

Comment In: [Feature - 05/30/2014 - 02:00]

Reading this was an existential ...

Reading this was an existential exercise. A fun existential exercise, mind you. I had to stop and come back a couple of times to prevent mind blown from happening. r n r nAnd what the heck is a tortugal As in an NES-bred slacker 's plaid, tortugal sigh.

Comment In: [News - 06/10/2014 - 02:19]

I don 't know, but ...

I don 't know, but whatever it is, Nintendo doesn 't have it. Nintendo doesn 't want it. Nintendo will not deliver it, and that 's one reason Nintendo has been left behind by the audience that once embraced it. r n r nI 'm not convinced that the E3 ...