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Edward Castronova wonders why vanilla ice cream is even produced in a world that knows chocolate. At Indiana University he is Professor of Media, Director of the BS degree program in Game Design, and Chair of the Department of Media Arts and Production. Castronova’s scholarly work specializes in games, technology, and society. Books include Wildcat Currency: The Virtual Transformation of the Economy (Yale 2014), Virtual Economies: Analysis and Design (with Vili Lehdonvirta, MIT 2014), Exodus to the Virtual World (Palgrave 2007), and Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games (Chicago 2005). Castronova’s production work specializes in board games with a historical focus. Castronova was born as Edward Bird in 1962, converted to Roman Catholicism in 1995, and took his wife’s name on marrying in 2000. He has two sons, two god-children, and a beagle named Tilly. Castronova thinks God is a game designer: Get to Heaven for the win.


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Posted by Edward Castronova on Fri, 12 Mar 2021 11:05:00 EST in Design, Serious
A business man asks car makers to deliver his goods.

Posted by Edward Castronova on Mon, 08 Oct 2018 12:59:00 EDT in Design, Serious
What if America falls into a second Civil War? This game simulation and classroom exercise says it will be a dumpster fire.

Posted by Edward Castronova on Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:34:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Social/Online
Automation will put many people out of work. At the same time, the F2P model will shift into a play-for-hire model. These two trends, I argue, imply that within a generation, playing games will be a primary income source for low-skill people.

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Comment In: [Blog - 03/11/2021 - 10:57]

Excellent article I like how ...

Excellent article I like how you raise the question of the fuzzy line between the real/serious side of games and the play/fantasy side. It does have real tax consequences. In a 2005 paper The Right to Play , I talk about how it is important to preserve the fantasy - ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/09/2017 - 09:59]

OP is offering good advice, ...

OP is offering good advice, I think. There will probably be growing demand for game design teachers at the University level. The work is often located in nice little college towns like Bloomington, IN my school . I think my program will be hiring next year.

Comment In: [Blog - 10/12/2016 - 10:34]

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Comment In: [Blog - 09/21/2016 - 11:34]

Well Done ...

Well Done

Comment In: [News - 09/16/2011 - 03:08]

When I talk to young ...

When I talk to young people looking for game design programs, many of them want to go to a place that lets them sit in cubicles and code video games all day and all night. I tell them they should consider a program that integrates game design with training in ...