Thursday, March 17, 2005

Lecture at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts

Photo of WPI faculty clubI first met Darius Kazemi at the Academic Summit of the Game Developers' Conference a couple of years ago. He's a student at WPI, and expressed an interest in trying to get me to come give a lecture there. This year, we were able to make it happen. I stopped by Boston on my way back from GDC, borrowed a friend's car, and drove out to Worcester. I had a meeting with several of the faculty to discuss their new game design curriculum, gave my talk to the students ("Exploring the Fringes", my GDC 2003 lecture), and then sat around and talked to anyone who wanted to for another hour or so afterwards. Everyone was very hospitable, and in addition they gave me lunch in this rather extraordinary building... much more like something I'd see in Europe than the US!

Only one thing concerns me about Worcester... (the town, not the Institute): their courthouse has on it the single most Fascist sentiment I've ever seen expressed in American public life. Get a load of this:

'Obedience to law is liberty' on courthouse.