Making Strides with LIU Post’s Digital Game Design Program
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
Brookville, N.Y. -- Students in LIU Post’s new master’s program in Digital Game Design and Development are busy demonstrating that there's more to computer games than guns, gadgets and leaping gorillas, and helping transform the world of electronic games from entertainment to an enterprise that serves real world clients in business, education, the military and government.
Evidence of this is no further away than games recently developed by current students.
A team led by Courtney Aiello is working on a game called “Help! I Need a Biopsy,” which guides women through the process of dealing with the stress of tests to diagnose breast cancer.
Another team led by Lauren Perugini created a game that helps elementary students learn grammar by helping charmingly incompetent cartoon aliens communicate.
And “Evan’s Amazon Adventure” entwines learning and entertainment by incorporating knowledge directly into the gameplay. “In the Amazon game, young kids navigate through a 3D rainforest, interacting with animals and helping them solve issues in their lives," said Perugini. "Meanwhile they are learning about deforestation.”
The first of its kind on Long Island, the two year, 36-credit M.A. program offers hands-on practical experience in all aspects of game development including: programming, visual design, interface design, and usability. Working in teams, students explore new game platforms and learn to function effectively in the daily practice of collaborative game conception, design, development and production.
More information about the M.A. in Digital Game Design and Development is available at www.liu.edu/post/games. Information will also be available at LIU Post’s Graduate Open House on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the atrium of Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. To RSVP for the open house, visit www.liu.edu/post/yes.
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