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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: [Blog - 07/26/2016 - 06:27]

This was fantastic. Thanks ...

This was fantastic. Thanks

Comment In: [News - 07/21/2016 - 02:17]

Waves In late 50s, here. ...

Waves In late 50s, here. Might watch an hour of TV a day do play five-six hours of video games a day. Have for most of my life. r n r nI credit my father, who hooked up the spare black-and-white TV in the den to a Magnavox Odyssey when ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/20/2016 - 06:50]

My thoughts exactly. Time limits ...

My thoughts exactly. Time limits in a game automatically make my shoulders hunch an odd analogy, perhaps, but that 's what happened as I was reading the article . I want to play it, but I think my normal play style won 't let me enjoy it.

Comment In: [News - 05/17/2016 - 03:28]

... I can 't even... ...

... I can 't even...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/16/2016 - 02:01]

As I recall, Blitzball was ...

As I recall, Blitzball was pretty much automatic in X-2 you set up your players and some parameters and the game played itself. As someone who loved the original version of Blitzball, I was very upset

Comment In: [News - 03/17/2016 - 10:24]

The Seattle Times has a ...

The Seattle Times has a story that includes a link to the GoFundMe page that is taking donations for his daughters ' college fund: r n r n edit Here 's the direct link to the crowdfunding page not GoFundMe, sorry :