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*The Official GameSalad Guide to Game Development* is Now Available!

*The Official GameSalad Guide to Game Development* is now available! This is the only textbook written in collaboration with the GameSalad development team; it focuses on using GameSalad Creator as a tool in high school and college courses covering a wide range of topics (gameplay, interface, prototyping, Mac/Windows desktop, mobile,…


Posted on May 13, 2013 at 7:25pm

"Tips for Students: Is a Career in Game Development Right for You?"

My publisher asked me to provide some advice for students hoping to enter the field of game development. Here are my tips:

1. Stay informed. Follow industry blogs and other outlets such as Develop Magazine, Edge Online, Gamasutra, and Keep up with the current trends, game launches, and all the “players”—including publishers, development studios (large and small), and hardware manufacturers.

2. Know…


Posted on March 11, 2013 at 1:00pm

"Playing to Learn: Tales from the Trenches"

In 2003, while speaking at the University of Southern California’s Teaching, Learning & Technology conference, I noticed more than a few visibly uncomfortable educators in the audience. I had recently completed my Master’s thesis on using massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) as online distance learning applications—and I was providing a summary of my findings. The notion of any game posing as a learning management system (LMS) was difficult enough for most to parse—especially…


Posted on March 7, 2013 at 3:30pm

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At 2:33pm on May 4, 2010, nikolstein said…
thank you Jeannie! I did come back to CA about 2 weeks ago now. Just getting back into the groove of things. I hope you are doing well!! Do you ever go to the OC IGDA meetings? I will probably go to the next LA one.
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At 9:40am on March 20, 2010, Noelia Delgado Goss said…
Should we cut the cake and open the champagne? Feliz cumpleanos! :)
At 3:33pm on March 19, 2010, Joe Dodd said…
Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a great day!!! :)
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Happy Birthday Jeannie!! (A little early... :-)
At 7:14am on January 9, 2010, Jacques A. Montemoino said…
I'm Sorry Jeannie, when I first went on to this networking site, I assumed that you were automatically my friend like "Tom" on Myspace...LOL XoD
I just sent you a friend invite. If you would be so gracious as to accept it, I would be kindly flattered. You know I gotta have the lady that inspired me to start my company as a friend. ;o)
And whats the contest about? You just want a screen Icon of some kind to represent something that will be "hot" in 2010? 64x64 pix, under 10 KB?
And this icon will be appear on the list of Gifts you can attach to a message?
I could have one of my art guys throw something together for fun... you could give the gift card to charity or something if my guys win...
At 5:17pm on December 24, 2009, Jonathan, a.k.a. Nate said…
Shaping up to be a nice holiday indeed. Best wishes to you, as well!
At 2:40am on October 26, 2009, Newtonbach said…
Hi! I'm happy to be here :-)


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