Faculty Games and Research

​Thunderbird Strike: New Video Game by Indigenous Game Designer Dr. Elizabeth LaPensee

​Thunderbird Strike: New Video Game by Indigenous Game Designer Dr. Elizabeth LaPensee

In Thunderbird Strike, a side-scrolling game that ​won the ImagineNATIVE​ ​Film + Media Arts Festival Best Digital Media Award, fly from the Tar Sands to the Great Lakes as a thunderbird protecting Turtle Island with searing lightning against the snake that threatens to swallow the lands and waters whole. Dr. Eliza​beth LaPensée, an Anishinaabe, Métis, and Irish games developer, and assistant professor of media and information at Michigan State University​ ​wanted to create a game to spark awareness about the impact of pipelines on Indigenous land.

The Creative Collaboration Behind Plunder Panic

The Creative Collaboration Behind Plunder Panic

Imagine living during a time when pirates ruled the high seas— battling enemy ships, plundering treasure and avoiding Davy Jones's Locker. Last summer, a group of two faculty ​(Brian Winn and Will Jeffrey) ​and 10 students worked together to develop a game in ComArtSci’s Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab to bring this idea to life. The result was Plunder Panic, a multiplayer arcade game based on the swashbuckling lives of pirates.

D​evelopers Dilemma: Dr. Casey O\'Donnell observes game developers in their natural habitat

D​evelopers Dilemma: Dr. Casey O'Donnell observes game developers in their natural habitat

Rank-and-file game developers bring videogames from concept to product, and yet their work is almost invisible, hidden behind the famous names of publishers, executives, or console manufacturers. In this book, ​game anthropologist Dr. ​Casey O’Donnell examines the creative collaborative practice of typical game developers.

P​rofessor Robbie Ratan explains how Avatars can Influence How You Think and How You Behave​

P​rofessor Robbie Ratan explains how Avatars can Influence How You Think and How You Behave​

Dr. Robbie Ratan explains his research on avatars, video games, and learning. Which avatar should you choose?

Professor ​Wei Peng ​Aims to Improve Family Wellness with NSF Grant

Professor ​Wei Peng ​Aims to Improve Family Wellness with NSF Grant

How can a virtual pet or plant help a family to establish healthy routines? Wei Peng, associate professor in the Department of Media and Information at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, is developing a system called FRESH (Family Routine, Education, and Sensing Health) that will use familiar objects and environments to help families track wellness and improve health.

Serious Games: Counterintuitively Delightful

Serious Games: Counterintuitively Delightful

The coolest thing about Michigan State University’s serious game graduate certificate program courses is the students. The second coolest thing is the projects our students create. ​Dr. Carrie Heeter offe​rs​ a quick tour of a handful of the many great spring 2017 serious game projects from MI830: Foundations of Serious Games.

 


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