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Item Chris Harz - Serious Games presentation
PDF of ppt slides (2.481 Mb)
Dr. Chris Harz gave a presentation to our 3d Game Programming class on the final day, 12 May 2009. Chris enjoyed meeting the class and the discussions afterwards and he told me on the phone that he would like to hear from you, if you have further questions. Here is a copy of what Dr. Harz said:

"Let them know they are free to contact me with questions.
You have very bright and eager students, they could really make a huge difference in the world if they get into this field.
Thanks again for the invitation, hope to see you again soon."

I would appreciate it if you could cc: me if you contact him since I hope to establish a collaboration.

Thanks in advance,

Kris Stewart GMCS 535
Item XNA Creators Club - March 2009
Item Apress Publishing XNA2 texts - 26 Feb 2009 publishing is distributed by
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Item Game Programming OO Overview - 24Feb2009
Item Class Teams - 19Feb2009
Teams (18 Kb)
Item Basic XNA Curriculum 1.0
Basic XNA Curriculum (Word 2003) (18.14 Mb)
Overall_basic_XNA_game_development_curriculum.doc (6.967 Mb)
Overall_basic_XNA_game_development_curriculum.docx (661.991 Kb)
Microsoft is facilitating faculty sharing their own curricula and this handout complements our text. I especially like Chapter 3 on the 2D Graphics and Content Pipeline.
ACGD.pdf (829.622 Kb)
The Art of Computer Game Design by Chris Crawford
Item Class Intro
CS5833dGameProgrammingCourseSpr09.ppt (353 Kb)
Item Harnessing ... video games for learning
FAS Summit on Educational Games 2006 (1.328 Mb)
Summit on Educational Games from the Federation of American Scientists. Exhibit A: Examples of Skills Employers Wants in Higher Wage Workers (p. 15)
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Adaptation to Rapid Change
  • Team Building
  • Decision-making
  • Learning on the Fly
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Rapid Information Acquisition
  • Determining What Needs to be Done
  • Ability to Assess Time, Cost and Resources Required
  • Develop/Implement Work Processes and Procedures
  • Analytical Thinking
  • ... many more
Item Tentative Teams
Team (1.492 Kb)
We have been working to organize into teams and the file attached has my results through our discussions Tuesday.

Please pick a Team Name.

Please check that your name appears and that it appears with the individuals you wish to be working with.