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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: [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

Comment In: [News - 08/06/2014 - 07:22]

Also my reaction. Maybe a ...

Also my reaction. Maybe a better title would be Playstation Mobile for Android ditched by Sony.

Comment In: [Blog - 07/25/2014 - 03:36]

To the question of feeling ...

To the question of feeling guilt over pixels being a matter of suggestion: r n r nI played Everquest 2 for almost a decade. There is an area called The Commonlands that is supposed to be an African-type savanna, complete with African-type animals like elephants and rhinos. I never killed ...

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 ...