Johnson County Community College

March 2016 - Campus Sustainability Webinar

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
2 p.m. Central Daylight Time

Sustainability and Gaming

This webinar will discuss the role that console/computer games have on shaping people’s expectations about sustainability as well as what game designers should think about as they create games. With series like Civilization and SimCity being played by millions of people, these games are important shapers of assumptions about planetary limits, design, creativity, and technology. Erin Hoffman and Paula Angela Escuadra will provide insights based on their years in the game design industry. This webinar will touch on the following topics:

  1. The influence of these games and how they work.
  2. How these assumptions help make or break a great game.
  3. What designers are doing to develop games with sustainability issues as key elements.
  4. What gaming programs need to think about when discussing these issues in their programs.

Paula Escuadra is Digital Marketing & Community Manager at GlassLab Games. She is responsible for cultivating awareness and driving engagement across all digital channels. A gamer at heart, she brings to GlassLab experience in product development, digital acquisition and behavioral analytics from a variety of companies, including BioWare, Electronic Arts Inc., and My.com. Paula is also a graduate of Presidio Graduate School of Sustainable Management, where she received a double master's in Business and Public Administration. As an energetic analyst in the activist space, she has a vested interest in social impact and community resilience through video games and technology.

Erin Hoffman is the Chief Designer and cofounder of Sense of Wonder, an independent mobile developer of "smart fun" games. Previously she led game design at GlassLab, a Bill and Melinda Gates and Macarthur Foundation supported three-year initiative to establish integrated formative assessment educational games. Her game credits include Mars Generation One: Argubot Academy, Kung Fu Panda World, GoPets, and others. She is also the author of a fantasy trilogy with Pyr Books. For more information, visit www.erinhoffman.com, www.glasslabgames.org, and Twitter @gryphoness.

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