Yes, that’s right.
I started a one-year appointment as the Director for the brand-new Gameful Design Lab at Pepperdine this week, funded by a Waves of Innovation grant!
I’m in Los Angeles, where the locals inconsistently pronounce street names correctly in Spanish and horribly in Americanese.
I couldn’t find moon cake for Monday’s Moon Festival but apologized profusely to the full (super)moon.
The Gameful Design Lab’s main mission is to help people gain personal agency through gaming practice and game design. Games are systems to explore, experiences to empathize with. Exploring and creating systems is one way people can start to see the everyday systems they inhabit. This recognition is the first step towards rebellion, not settling for status quo, and gaining social mobility.
We’ll be working with faculty to make their courses more engaging through gaming, designing minigames for empathy and moral/ethical reasoning, and holding a ton of events and workshops/gamejams for Pepperdine as well as the larger LA area with an emphasis to target underserved populations.
Here’s a video of the pitch my main collaborator Victoria Stay and I did back in January to get the funding (skip to minute 35):