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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 - 10/21/2014 - 04:11]

Yowza. The comments on that ...

Yowza. The comments on that board are as cringe-inducing as the original tweets, although not for the same reasons. If Mike has friends, they are not on the Code Avarice site.

Comment In: [News - 10/16/2014 - 12:25]

@Christiaan r n r nIn ...

@Christiaan r n r nIn comedy, that 's called a monologue rather than spamming

Comment In: [News - 10/15/2014 - 09:51]

@Milo r n r nI ...

@Milo r n r nI cannot improve on E Zachary Knight 's response you in another thread, so I 'm just going to copy and paste it here. r n r n r n As for the harassment of Anita Sarkisian, I fail to see how it is any different ...

Comment In: [News - 10/14/2014 - 07:24]

@Kevin. It 's a sad ...

@Kevin. It 's a sad commentary on my current state of mind that I 'd sign the petition and would only half-way be joking. :P

Comment In: [Blog - 10/09/2014 - 04:48]

Divinity: Original Sin has what ...

Divinity: Original Sin has what seems like the usual magical suspects. What it does differently is that those effects can be combined. If you are near an area that is covered by a poison cloud, for example, you can hit it with a fireball and cause an explosion that, if ...

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.