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Stephen Jacobs is a Professor in the School of Interactive Games and Media at RIT. He is a faculty affiliate with the Center for Media, Art, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC) and the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Program. He serves as a Visiting Scholar for the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at the Strong National Museum of Play, where he contributed to the design of the eGameRevolution permanent exhibit and the Rockets, Robots and Ray Guns and Force at Play exhibits mounted during the summer of 2016.  He founded the Jewish Play Project to support the study of the role of Jewish designers, engineers and inventors, in toys, games, coin-op and video games. 

He has been a game and/or narrative designer on the serious game efforts Flip for History, Martha Madison's Marvelous Machines,  MindGamers In School, Just Press Play, Picture the Impossible, and the Mental Health gameful app Repitition Rebellion currently in development.  He has consulted on game design and narrative for Second Avenue Learning, and Ratatoskr Entertainment,Inc . He was one of the founders of the IGDA Learning, Education and Games SIG and has served on the Executive Committees for The IGDA Writers and Educators SIGs and presented numerous times at GDC summits and roundtables, most recently in 2015.

He became involved in the Open Source community when he had his students make educational games for the One Laptop per Child/Sugar platform.  His work there led to a collaboration with other professors to create the first academic minor in open source and free culture and an early stage effort at a FOSS games SIG for the IGDA.

He has been a free-lance writer for over twenty years for magazines, television, radio and web pubs. His resume also includes stints as:  bench technician for Crazy Eddie's, sign language interpreter for Deaf street gangs and Paramount Pictures' Children of a Lesser God, educational filmmaker, and technology journalist.



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An introduction to the history of video games, pinball and "traditional" toys and games and the roles Jewish designers, engineers and inventors have had since the 1800s that's explored in greater depth at

Posted by Stephen Jacobs on Fri, 13 Jun 2014 01:00:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Serious, Social/Online
Over two days the UPB and RIT students heard from Thomas Jarzombek, Representative for Westphalia and Dr. Peter Tauber, Secretary General of the Germany's leading political party, the Christian Democratic Union. Both men work closely with Chancelor Merkel

Another RIT/University of Paderborn visit was to Wargaming's office in Berlin. Some interesting discussions around game balance and the companies broader activities ensued.

Posted by Stephen Jacobs on Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:56:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Design, Console/PC, Social/Online
I went to Germany with 15 students to hang with Dr. Professor Jörg Müller-Lietzkow and his students. Jörg's introduced us to major components of German games culture, politics and studios. Writers and IGDA leaders, this one's one got stuff for you.

Posted by Stephen Jacobs on Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:50:00 EDT in
During GDC Tuesday night over 70 American and Israeli game industry members, friends and family sat down last night to celebrate the Jewish Holiday of Passover with a Seder.

Posted by Stephen Jacobs on Wed, 20 Feb 2013 02:47:00 EST in
This year the dates for the Annual Game Developers Conference fall during Passover. Members of the industry are sponsoring a seder for those away from home for the holiday

Stephen Jacobs's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 12/24/2014 - 02:03]

Glad you liked it. It ...

Glad you liked it. It 's a beginning. We 'll be updating it regularly starting at the end of January

Comment In: [Blog - 06/13/2014 - 01:00]

Admittedly, the CDU is not ...

Admittedly, the CDU is not the Greens :- I visited with a team of fifteen US students, six German students, one German Faculty member and another US faculty member. After we met with Dr. Tauber, we were given a presentation, and had a discussion, with Sidney Pfannstiel, head of CDU ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/11/2014 - 06:56]

What 's interesting to me, ...

What 's interesting to me, despite what discussions there may or not be about the operations of the prize, is that industry and government partnered on an annual, national event created to do something other than label video games as the tool of the devil and all their players psychopaths ...

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Comment In: [Blog - 06/20/2009 - 10:54]

Thanks for your comment. Emailed ...

Thanks for your comment. Emailed response to me has been positive. I welcome all opinions here, natch. I expect to see a lot of positive change once the new director is in place. I'd be happy to have you post information on other simillarly-sized associAtions with simillar dues structures to ...

Comment In: [Blog - 06/01/2009 - 04:06]

Martin, ask Simon :- An, ...

Martin, ask Simon :- An, hit that IGDA forum link for more. SJ