Cops and Rubbers Toma El Paso // Make a Move Vanity TASAF Humans vs. Mosquitoes

Cops and Rubbers

Game created for Open Society Foundations’ Sexual Health and Rights Program (SHARP) highlighting the findings of their research on the Condoms as Evidence policy in Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Russia, and USA.

Toma El Paso // Make a Move

Thousands of undocumented immigrant children (UICs) are detained within the U.S. each year and are extremely vulnerable without knowledge of their rights. Toma el Paso (Make a Move) is a game designed for UICs to learn about the shelter release process.


Vanity promotes tanning bed avoidance and melanoma prevention in adolescents and young adults. A tabletop version was funded by the Division of Dermatology at the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa for use as part of school health curriculum.


Game funded by World Bank and designed for Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) to teach subsistence farmers in Tanzania about the benefits of a new national social safety net program and risk mitigating activities such as climate change adaptation.

Humans vs. Mosquitoes

Originally designed for the Red Cross as a field resource Humans vs. Mosquitoes is a game that communicates a direct connection between climate change and vector-borne disease transmission through embodied play.

24th Sep 2014

Training Shelter Staff at His House

In August 2014, the University of Miami published an article on my Toma el Paso game, including some coverage on a recently training I did with shelter staff at His...

30th Jun 2014
Toma El Paso game box

Unaccompanied immigrant minors in Miami making moves with Toma El Paso game

Back in Spring 2012, I started working on Make a Move, a game for unaccompanied immigrant minors (UIMs), youth who find themselves in the U.S. without proper documentation of legal...

30th Jun 2014
Aesthetics of Play

SIGGRAPH DAC Aesthetics of Gameplay exhibit of indie games available online

In early 2014, the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community (DAC) launched the Aesthetics of Gameplay online exhibition. Ian Bogost captures what this exhibition aims to showcase in his article entitled “Persuasive Games: From Aberrance to Aesthetics”: “But...

28th Apr 2014
Cops & Rubbers - Tabletop

Cops & Rubbers video is now live!

 Have you played Cops & Rubbers? Watch this video to learn more about my Cops & Rubbers game project with Open Society Foundations’ Public Health and Rights Project, which is...

28th Apr 2014
Invoking the Pause

Invoking the Pause selects “Games for the Caribbean Climate” as 2014 Grant Partner

I’m pleased to announce that my proposal for “Games for a Caribbean Climate” – joint with Red Cross Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Reference Center (CADRIM) and the Red Cross Red Crescent...

16th Apr 2014
Toma El Paso on The Game Crafter

Make a Move (“Toma El Paso”) is officially available on The Game Crafter

For those who have been following my Gaming the Immigration System project and the status of Make a Move (Toma El Paso in Spanish), I’m happy to announce that the...

16th Mar 2014
Tran's Game Design class

UM Interactive Media MFA Among Princeton Review’s Top Graduate Game Design Programs

The School of Communications Interactive Media Master of Fine Arts program has earned a No. 24 ranking on The Princeton Review’s 2014 list of the best graduate schools to study...

01st Mar 2014
Vanity 2

Vanity 2.0 now available

In Fall 2013 Clay Ewing and I went back and did some tweaking to the original Vanity game. Some of the changes were to make the gameplay more user friendly,...

16th Jan 2014
Extreme Candy Load Screen

Extreme Candy wins Best Game at Global Game Jam!

I teamed up with Clay Ewing (@claytical), Joel Acosta (@LoseTV), and Brian Deltoro in this year’s Global Game Jam from January 24-26. FIU’s Game Developers Guild kindly hosted us and...

04th Oct 2013

Put Yourself in a Sex Worker’s Shoes – and there might just be a condom in it

Now everyone can put themselves in the shoes of a sex worker – just don’t get caught with a condom in your shoe like Naomi here. Cops and Rubbers is now...

03rd Oct 2013

Creating Crowdsourcing Mobile App to Monitor Water Quality in Ghana

Article sourced from UM Interactive website (September 2013) With the global population booming and water-borne diseases on the rise, developing nations are faced with the serious challenge of providing clean water...

27th May 2013
Win Win

Summer 2013 Conference Schedule

This summer I will be presenting my game-related work at Games+Learning+Society, Games for Change, Allied Media Conference, and DiGRA. Please let me know if you’ll be at any of these...