UM launching MFA in Interactive Media in 2013

It’s official, the University of Miami is launching a new MFA in Interactive Media program starting in the 2012-13 academic year. There’s also an Interactive Media minor for undergraduates. I know I’m not alone sharing in the excitement of what’s to come with more interaction courses and projects coming out of the U. To learn more about the new program you can visit interactive.miami.edu.

Don’t forget to play Sebastian in Space (I leave it to you to find him), a simple but possibly addicting game designed by fellow faculty Clay Ewing and myself. To learn more about Sebastian check out Wikipedia and to vote for him as Best Mascot in Capitol One’s Mascot Challenge go here.

Humans vs. Mosquitoes to attack Come Out & Play San Francisco!

Humans vs. Mosquitoes is making its way to a third outdoor games festival this year. After creating quite a commotion at Come Out and Play in New York this summer, HvM will be buzzing about SoMA during the COAP San Francisco festival December 1-2, 2012. One notable difference from the 2 previous games festivals: COAP San Francisco will also have an accompanying exhibit from November 17 – December 8 and our tabletop version of HvM will be available to play. If you’re going to be in San Francisco, mark your calendar for a slew of unique physical games! COAP SF will be extra awesome thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Thanks to everyone who donated, and I hope to see you at COAP in December!

Custom art by Come Out and Play San Francisco

Humans vs. Mosquitoes at DCGames

Clay Ewing and I ran Humans vs. Mosquitoes at this year’s DC Games Festival held in West Potomac Park (just south of Lincoln Memorial and west of MLK Memorial). It was a pretty nice backdrop with the Washington Monument peaking out from behind the trees, and we even got a wave from Air Force One (it felt like it was within arm’s reach). I guess Obama – or at least his crew – approves of HvM! It was a pretty hot and sunny day (felt like almost 100 degrees) so we are very appreciative of all the players who came out and ran like determined humans and mosquitoes.

Also here’s a short clip of humans and mosquitoes at play during DCGames Festival. For more information on the game, you can visit our website: humansvsmosquitoes.com

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Introducing UM’s SoC New Faculty

UM’s School of Communication welcomed 4 new faculty this academic year, and the South Florida Business Journal was kind enough to consider us and our research and creative interests as integral to southern Florida’s economic future. Here’s the full article.

Also I love this intro. It would be wonderful if Clay and my serious games got on President Shalala’s radar!

[quote]Two of the new UM faculty members are notable for being from the Parsons The New School of Design in New York. It’s also notable that some of the new hires have done research in the area of political campaigns and social issues, which probably interest UM President Donna Shalala because she served as secretary of health and human services for eight years in the Clinton administration.[/quote]

One correction to the article: my title is actually Lecturer of Interactive Media (in the department of Journalism and Media Management).

Paul Amelchenko, Juliana Fernandes, Lien Tran and Clay Ewing are the newest faculty at UM’s School of Communication.

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