Each month, game designers and other industry professionals offer their views on a particular game design issue.
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Screen Time Debate: Puffs or Broccoli?

In this article, game designer Sande Chen delves into the parental guilt associated with app usage, as documented in the book, Baby, Unplugged.Happy Labor Day! Hope you're having a good holiday and not working :)In the previous months, I've been following up on research about kid games, especially those for the preschool set. I've had several conversations...

Mon Sep 5, 2022 21:41
Forging Socio-Emotional Connections in Games

In this article, game designer Sande Chen relates important lessons learned from the design of that game company's games, Journey and Sky. I had the opportunity to attend the 2022 GamesBeat Summit virtually in April and attended Jenova Chen's interview and segment, Fostering Positive Human Connections Through Games.  The conversation really tied in...

Thu Jun 2, 2022 23:58
Game Writing Job Hunt Misconceptions

In this video, game writer Sande Chen lists the top 5 game writing job hunt misconceptions she found during her research on job seekers wanting to break into the video game industry. Here is my presentation at the 2021 Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo (SIEGE), the largest video game trade show in the South. In 2020 and 2021, I interviewed...

Fri Apr 15, 2022 19:22
Save the Date: Webinars Coming

I just joined Instagram for the first time this week and discovered the drawing that accompanied my quarantine essay, "Dear Daughter," was posted there. The autobiographical essay was the first memoir type of writing that I had ever published and it was later included in Covid-19 memory projects and in ArtsWestchester's exhibition, "Together apART:...

Mon Mar 21, 2022 23:19
Social Interaction, Zoom, and Early Learning

In this article, game designer Sande Chen reports on research findings regarding remote learning during the pandemic. As the parent of little ones and an expert in educational games, I welcomed the opportunity to hear the latest research from Patricia K. Kuhl, the Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Early Childhood Learning, about the effects...

Thu Feb 24, 2022 23:04
Interview with Joanna Giordano, Career Coach

As I mentioned before, I'm now offering online workshops on game writing tests and portfolio preparation.  I get my information by talking to industry hirers, recruiters, and human resources.   To give you a glimpse into the human resources mindset, here's a short interview with Joanna Giordano, your "friend in HR," as she likes to call herself.   She's...

Sat Feb 12, 2022 00:36

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