Quinnipiac University College of Arts and Sciences

The Aesthetics of Gameplay

In Event, Faculty on March 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

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By Greg Garvey, Professor of Game Design

The ACM SIGGRAPH DIGITAL ARTS COMMUNITY (DAC) sponsored online game art show (http://gameartshow.siggraph.org/gas/) showcases recent indie digital games from independent developers that are uniquely creative in putting together striking and distinctive aesthetics with engaging gameplay. Titles like Giant Sparrow’s Unfinished Swan or Flower by Thatgamecompany included in this exhibition, immediately come to mind as representative examples with their innovative use of visual mechanics fundamental to the gameplay. While those games are now available on the Sony PlayStation Network (PSN), all games in “The Aesthetics of Gameplay” have emerged from the indie game scene.

The House That Edison Built

In Faculty on March 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

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By Stan Rothman, Professor of Mathematics

Spring recess at Quinnipiac University means my wife Tara and I make another trip to Naples, Florida to visit our granddaughters. On Friday, March 7 we decided to visit the Edison-Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. I never anticipated what I discovered. Of course I knew about many of the inventions of Thomas Edison including the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera as well as improving the telegraph and telephone. In fact his 1,093 patents is the most by any person.

Anatomy of Creative Writing

In Faculty, Students on March 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm

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By Dawn Colomb-Lippa, Instructor of Biology

In the world of anatomy there is an expected organized exactness. Is it possible that, in the precise and historically never-changing world of anatomy, one can be creative?

It is time for the BI211 writing assignment in the organ system module. Students from many other sections of lab will be completing case studies for their projects. These are scientifically based cases based on organ system diseases followed by questions which require research and appropriately written responses. It makes sense. It is a long standing and proven way to have students think about anatomy in their writing. It’s fitting for the course. It bores me to tears.

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