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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. 


Jeanne Burch's Comments

Comment In: [Feature - 08/23/2011 - 05:10]

HA That 's what I ...

HA That 's what I was thinking, although on a more personal level: Oh-oh, I routinely play video games for six hours a day. I wonder if there is a neurological study out there that needs me to participate

Comment In: [News - 01/28/2015 - 06:30]

This gives new meaning to ...

This gives new meaning to gamification in the real world.

Comment In: [Blog - 01/13/2015 - 01:30]

In DA:I, I experienced the ...

In DA:I, I experienced the same slack-jawed moment in two different ways on two different run-throughs because changing my import state also changed the way the information was revealed. I don 't think I 've ever had that happen before. r n r nIn terms of everything you know was ...

Comment In: [News - 01/08/2015 - 07:24]

Despite indifferent reviews and some ...

Despite indifferent reviews and some open scoffing from my gaming students, I 'm loving my Alienware Alpha, which was originally designed to be a Steam Machine tm . Supposedly I can update to the Steam OS when it becomes available, but I 'm perfectly happy with the OS as it ...

Comment In: [Blog - 12/29/2014 - 02:17]

Permadeath is why my Fire ...

Permadeath is why my Fire Emblem games take forever to play. Sure, the timer SAYS it only took me 15 hours to finish the game, but that doesn 't take into account the times I lost someone on the second-to-the-last move before clearing the level and had to start over

Comment In: [Blog - 12/29/2014 - 02:17]

Wow, this brings back a ...

Wow, this brings back a lot of memories, from my father who also worked at Hughes Aircraft and I well remember those Special Event Disneyland nights where we wore the 1970s-80s equivalent of a lanyard and didn 't have to break out the coupon book for rides to coming home ...