Category: Studies and Academia

Interview: Sylvia Liu, Winner of SOE GIRL Scholarship 2010

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced today that Sylvia Liu of Milpitas, CA won the 2010 GIRL Scholarship (Gamers In Real Life Scholarship). The scholarship encourages students toward career paths in the creative and applied arts, with the goal of developing videogames that attract more women to play. Liu’s $10,000 scholarship award will to be applied toward tuition and other…

“Expert” Consulted on RE5 Racism Issue: Not an Expert on Race After All

UPDATE: There is an update to this story here. Recently, VideoGamer.com interviewed an “expert” to ask him whether the imagery in Resident Evil 5 was racist. The academic expert they consulted was Glenn Bowman, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Kent. Bowman said that Resident Evil 5 is not racist in that interview. Bowman even went so…

GDC 2008: Two Sessions Highlighted

There were a couple of sessions that I really enjoyed at the Game Developers Conference this year. The first was “Game Studies Download 3.0“. The Game Studies Download first appeared at GDC 2006, which was the first GDC I attended. I’m quite interested in the various fields of game studies, having dabbled in it (read: dissertation research) during my Master’s…

Game School Newbie

Iris Gaming Network co-founder, Cerise Magazine co-creator, and creator of the Shrub.com blog, Andrea Rubenstein, embarks on an exciting new adventure: game design school. Not only is she studying game design, but she’s also studying game design in Japan, at a well-regarded Japanese school (HAL), in the Japanese language. Usually when one starts telling a story, one begins at the…

Game School Dropout

In an article on GameCareerGuide.com, Lisa Laughy elaborates on the state of game design education, why she decided to drop out, and why current structures may aid in the stagnation of industry innovation: My complaints aren’t so much with the school I attended as they are with the way the industry has influenced the specifics of that program. It’s not…