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Location
Adelaide, Australia
Affiliation (company, school, group, e.g.)
University of South Australia
If my life story were a game, it would be a cross between ...
MENSA academy and Bastion
Most people know me as a (check all that apply) ...
Writer, Student, Teacher, Researcher, Lifelong Gamer
When it comes to my game-making career, I'm ...
a newbie (no game experience ... yet!)
Kinds of games I’m best known for making or want to be known for making someday (check all that apply) ...
Social games, Alternate reality games, iPhone / iPad games, Mobile games, Board games, Educational games, You should add another category!
Will collaborate for
Creative fulfillment and fun, Experience and mentorship, A chance at a Nobel Prize
Anything else you want to say about the kinds of projects or people or organizations you’d like to work with?
I'm a teacher and a gamer, these are my passions in life. I believe that education is the fundamental cornerstone of society and that games can, should and do play a large role in the educational sector. I believe to change the world we must first change the social stigma that is associated with 'playing games' as a fruitless medium at the administrative level of government and media. We must also convince more students to play games as an avenue to engage them in real a meaningful learning that is pertinent to them as 21st century digital natives.

With this being said I would relish the opportunity to participate in projects that help to achieve these goals in any way.
Games you’ve worked on ...
I have not worked on any games in the digital sense, aside from being an occasional reviewer or beta tester. However I strive to incorporate game theory and game based activities in my pedagogy.
What abilities would you bring to a collaboration?
As a student, a gamer, a teacher and a person I bring my own idiosyncratic interpretations of life, game theory and pedagogy to the table as a colleague. I have a creative approach to problem solving and I have a passion for divergent design. I am a honest and blunt person who will not leave an issue unresolved for the sake of social niceties.
Three games you’ve played that have changed your life:
World of Warcraft
Bastion
Wonder boy 3: The Dragon's Trap

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