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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 - 04/10/2014 - 04:58]

I have a list of ...

I have a list of post-mortems compiled that I suggest my students read. I will be adding this one to the list

Comment In: [News - 02/20/2014 - 02:27]

I love this feature. It ...

I love this feature. It always sends me to thought-provoking articles I 'd never find on my own

Comment In: [News - 02/10/2014 - 04:08]

A friend of mine, who ...

A friend of mine, who says his idea of when a game is done has evolved thanks to leaderboards and the like, doesn 't consider it complete/finished until all the achievements or equivalents are earned. For example, I 've played Tales of Vesperia through to the credits four times, but ...

Comment In: [Feature - 01/23/2014 - 02:00]

Or poverty. ...

Or poverty.

Comment In: [Blog - 01/15/2014 - 11:38]

Style isn 't as important ...

Style isn 't as important as utility in a game. r n r nI 'd have to give the nod to the mod. You can quickly glance at the icon and see what it means. The originals require a legend and really good eyes to see things like that tiny ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/14/2014 - 06:38]

Jane McGonigal gave a TED ...

Jane McGonigal gave a TED talk a few years back with a similar theme: www.ted.com/talks/jane mcgonigal gaming can make a better world r n r nI show it to my students usually to their irritation in the hope they will take that optimism and determination and apply it to their ...