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Michigan State > College of Communication Arts & Sciences > Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media just announced its Master of Arts in Serious Game Design. Notice the 3 circles of Theory + Content + Game design. Good to see HCI listed, and the broad coverage of expertise and roles that are included.

I see involvement of professors from across Michigan State, which is great. Who is the local MSU HCI expert, tho - I do not know who that would be - I'd like to meet him/her. And I wonder where the MSU Usability and Accessibility Center could fit in. Serious games do need to be usable and accessible.

Anyway, cool things happening up at Michigan State!

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Gamer designer's delight

If you are a Toledo-area game designer, you have two choices next week for driving a few hours to world-class events in the region.

You can drive a few hours north to Michigan State to attend Future Play, October 13-15. Of note:

  • Sex and Gender Issues in Games
  • Game Design and Development Curriculum in Academia
  • Experiences, Stories and Video Games
  • Understanding and Enhancing the Players Experience
  • Using improvisational acting to shatter disciplinary boundaries

Or, you can drive a few hours south to Shawnee State to attend the Shawnee Conference 3.0 for Interactive Digital Technology, October 14. A few topics from the conference:

  • Gaming & Simulation: Serious Business
  • Ben's Game, a free video game where the player fights cancer cells
  • Game Research and Immersive Design

Both look interesting - send me a trip report if you go!

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