I am a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). I studied video game design and electronic art under the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences major.
Anyone can be a game designer or artist,
but it's my dream to be one that gets paid to do it!
Video games have captivated me ever since I got my hands on a Nintendo 64 and Gameboy Color. They have made me happy, sad, excited, and really sleepy from playing them too long, just to name a few. How was it that pushing buttons and seeing things on a screen could have such a large impact on not just me, but my friends who played too?
I recognized and revered the power that interactive media had, but resigned to being a fan cheering from the sidelines; never an athlete in the international sport. Even after the acceptance email from RPI, writing down that my major was "Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences", and sitting in a classroom on the subject, the belief that I would get a job in the industry was a lofty dream.
But that all changed when a club on campus hosted an 8-hour event to make a video game. Nervous and intrigued, I sat down with someone I never met before and began brainstorming. From dust, I saw the creation of not just a person who moved around and shot bullets, but an experience that I considered fun! It also didn't hurt that our game won the little competition.
Finally, the itch I've had ever since I touched a D-pad was gone. I decided that I was going to get a job making fun and impactful experiences for others through my favorite medium - video games.
Besides my work...
I enjoy playing games just as much as making them! My go-to games on the PC would be League of Legends and my plethora of Humble Bundle games. Nintendo's handheld games are a staple part of my diet, which include Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, Pokémon, and various others. On my iPhone I enjoy Jetpack Joyride and trying out other new games.
I am also a Mega Man aficionado and love all the iterations of the franchise! This means we can either have a riveting discussion on Robot Master powers... or join in collective sorrow over Capcom's treatment of the franchise. Your choice!
If you want a slice of my humor, why not see my talking paper lunch bags on Packed for Laughs?
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