James Portnow, internationally-known game designer, will visit PCA&D
November 11, 2013
On Friday, December 6, James Portnow will visit Pennsylvania College of Art & Design to work with students in PCA&D's senior-level gaming classes and will present a public artist talk from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Portnow is the leading advocate for the "games for good" movement, in which the positive learning aspects of many video games are emphasized and proactively promoted.
On the Rockethub fundraising campaign, he writes that "It's time we talk about all the things games can do for us as a scientific, cultural, artistic and educational medium instead. It's better for society, it's better for creators and it's better for players."
And on the Digipen site, where Portnow is a faculty member, he writes that “In the past we’ve only ever thought about reporting for bad behavior or misconduct,” Portnow says. “Reporting for positive behavior, incentivizing positive behavior, is something that we hadn’t done until very recently.”
But to do that, he asserts, we need to open up communication between people in the games industry and those who help shape the laws around it. We also need to facilitate that more "games for good" are made.
Open this week (from 8 - 4) and on First Friday, August 1 (the show’s final day) from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.: “Selected Artwork from the BFA Program at PCA&D” features work by rising juniors and seniors. Shown here is an image by Revekah Espina ‘16, a Photography major. It’s typical of the exhibit’s intriguing and challenging works created in various media. http:www.pcad.edu/maingallery
One week left to see “Selected Artwork from the BFA Program at PCA&D,” work by rising juniors and seniors. Shown here is a portrait by Garrett Moore ‘15, Fine Art major. Garrett thinks in terms of the medium, and he describes his creative approach this way: “I approach wood differently than I do paint, but it is fun to find ways of closing the gap between contrasting approaches. I pull images out of paint, charcoal or wood without closing them off too hastily. The longer it takes forms to emerge from the materials, the more surprises arise. I always want to see something unexpected.” http:www.pcad.edu/maingallery