My name is Christian de Luna and I am a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University researching games-based learning. My research interest mainly lies in how best to develop the field of educational games development and how to foster communication among developers, educators, and the general public to productively design and implement educational games.

Additionally, I am interested in learning game design and am currently working on a board game (tentatively titled Arctic Saga) with fellow students as part of our game lab. We are working in partner with the Earth Institute at Columbia to develop a game simulating marine spatial planning and stakeholder negotiation in order to foster sustainable thinking. We have a lot of questions about the game currently and I certainly hope this would be a receptive venue to ask some of them as we continue to work on the game. We may work on digital games one day, but contrary to the title of this post, I am not a programmer (though I hope to learn more in the upcoming years).

As a gamer for 17/23 years, I would say games have had an immense impact on my life and I do hope to use what I've learned from them to help the world become a bit of a brighter place.

That's all I really have to say for now, but I look forward to getting to know everyone!

Till next time!

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