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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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The Last Remnant was also ...

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Comment In: [News - 05/23/2017 - 05:22]

Valkyria Chronicles did a fantastic ...

Valkyria Chronicles did a fantastic job of hiding that it was turn-based even though it was and that it was a strategy game even though it was . It wasn 't like any other turn-based or strategy game out there. It holds up well today, so it 's worth playing. ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/02/2017 - 04:24]

My university, a tech school ...

My university, a tech school that offers game design degrees, has many foreign students. The president of the university sent out a memo strongly suggesting that our foreign students refrain from traveling overseas until this makes it way through the courts. The current stay could be overturned another order could ...

Comment In: [News - 12/21/2016 - 05:04]

The Eater article was more ...

The Eater article was more relevant to game design than I thought it would be. It explains that the Square Enix team cooked food outside like in the game , plated it, took pictures for the digital designers, and shows comparisons of the photo and the digital results. r n ...

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This was fantastic. Thanks ...

This was fantastic. Thanks

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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 ...