Exciting news: I’ve been asked to teach more courses next year than I actually have time for! Four are at or around Columbia, in basic or advanced game design. The others are at NYU, with one on “Designing for Groups” and the other about, I hope, role-playing games and my own research on narrative. All of them potentially rock, but I can only do so much teaching and still hope to get my dissertation going. Still, it’s really exciting that there’s so much demand. It gives me hope for my future career!
The other moment that made me go, “Ooh!” today was the final project for my cognitive psychology course. The assignment? Design a game that gets players using at least three different thinking skills. I love it that game design is slowly penetrating the academic mainstream! Now I just have to figure out how to produce deductive, inductive and abductive reasoning skills in play.