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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: [News - 09/19/2014 - 04:39]

Well, unless it 's Shinra ...

Well, unless it 's Shinra from FFX. Then it 's just obnoxious and unwilling to take responsibility for mistakes.

Comment In: [Blog - 09/10/2014 - 09:40]

I use Bootcamp to run ...

I use Bootcamp to run Windows on my Mac, which I use specifically for playing my Steam games. 30 hours, however, is about what it takes just to learn its unique system. I think the last time I played The Last Remnant I put in close to 200 hours. r ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/09/2014 - 08:34]

I can t really recommend ...

I can t really recommend silent protagonist, voiced NPCs in many situations. r n r nI 've been playing Tales of Xillia 2, which has a mostly silent protagonist. He sends searing glances, grunts, and occasionally says yeah. This is the limit of his interaction even during the popular skits ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/01/2014 - 09:57]

Well, since corporate design is ...

Well, since corporate design is about reducing the complex until you simplify it to its most basic level yes, exceptions exist and you seem to be about simplicity at this point in your life, how about The Feels instead of All the Feelings, Inc. r n r nI kid. Mostly. ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/27/2014 - 01:26]

As the AdWeek 2004 demographic ...

As the AdWeek 2004 demographic study that changed everything showed, video games were never all that manly. AdWeek discovered that 45 of the people playing video games were women. r n r nThat 's pre-Facebook days. r n r nThe shout loud crowd doesn 't like the data. They find ...

Comment In: [Blog - 08/21/2014 - 09:03]

I was struck by how ...

I was struck by how much the white, male with brown hair and stubble video game lead resembles the depiction of male characters on the cover of romance novels