Thursday June 10, 2010 | CPCC Gamers

June 8, 2010 at 11:09 am | Posted in Coming Up | 18 Comments

Many people play video games but how many people really know how those games were designed and developed? Farhad Javidi knows. The CPCC Professor has built a game development program at the college and his students have beaten game developers from schools like Harvard and Stanford. They are creating games that have social and educational value and they are coming to the attention of people like Bill Gates. We’ll learn about this amazing team and the process of researching and developing video games.
Guests
Farhad Javidi
– Chair, Simulation and Game Development Program and Chair of Simulation, Modeling and Visualization Center at CPCC
Danny Helms – Member, CPCC Game Development Team

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  1. Ask ole Socrates: Do games solve real world problems? Are games another drug distracting attention and delaying responsibility? TV is a drug: The Internet is a drug: Propaganda radio is a drug: Excessive constant contact is a drug. Don’t be a pusher.

    • The whole point of the Microsoft Image Cup was to create “socially aware” video games – if nothing else, these students have helped to raise awareness about the huge number of people living in slums in the world today and the difficulties they face. Congrats to the CPCC team!

      • SlumDogAnimation: To depict suffering and struggle in a highly stylized digital cartoon form even as the people depicted are readily accessible and desperate for REAL opportunity is degradation in an intensified form. At any point game coders could be plunged into the same destitution they are mocking and chronicling. I don’t think we spoiled Americans are ignorant of poverty, but are living in panic about how it dogs us all. We want gloves, a condom, a sheet of latex between us and those without money. Gaming is a fetish conducive to such created needs.

        Time is short for this empire, and for cyber space as we’ve come to know it. As the oily mass, the water wars and the financial divide inch ever closer people fixated on marketing, digital networking and providing digital tools to the oligarchy are sawing off their only limb.

        It would be much cheaper to go kill hajjies with a drone for Xe and the Air Force than to foolishly major in gaming in college if you are of that mind. (I am sick of advanced degrees given for vocational training that is a detriment to us all. But that’s what corporate oligarchy demands.)

      • Excellent Grady, excellent.

  2. Go Professor Javidi!
    This program is awesome! Everyone’s really nice and you learn a lot.
    The fact that this program is at a community college makes it unique and affordable. CPCC is teaching cutting edge technology to Charlotte-area students. Some of the same technologies are used by businesses to create simulations for training.

    • Rebecca: Do you really see any applications that lift the mass of people out of wage slavery and alienation? It’s like the lottery: When there is a jackpot some fool will eventually hit it (that is, someone will become a digital entrepreneur). The majority will not. For most it is like the ghetto boy who hopes to one day play in the NBA, or some common looking girl who fantasizes about being a fashion model. Even the “winners” usually live a nightmare. They ought to be teaching you college students about the injustices of the American success ethic, not training you to manipulate minds and emotions for negative ends. Take a long view and you will see how digital technology demands great care in use and regulation pertaining to the native limitations of the human mind, especially the developing human mind. Ask some questions, Honey, and don’t take an oligarch’s word for anything. I’ve learned the hard way.

      • Students can always benefit from quality educational opportunities in any discipline. Why discourage learning new knowledge and skills that can be applied in a broad variety of ways?

        Also, don’t use “Honey”, particularly when responding to women, it is highly patronizing.

      • I’m 54 years old and reserve the right to use the form of affectionate address “Honey” for both men and women when I feel it appropriate. But if you’re still that tight in the posterior after creating violent video games filled with mayhem and coarse dialogue then, sorry about that Honey.

  3. North Carolina is more than an emerging incubator in the simulation and games development. We are poised as a state and an industry to lead the nation in game development, interactive industrial services, and multi-touch interface development for mobile and static installations, and visualization for advertising, film and industry. By helping to foster this industry through the collegiate system, and especially the community college system, institutions such as CPCC (Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte) and WPCC (Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton), can prepare students in these highly skilled areas to develop applications, assets, animation, and technology that will help these areas and this state lead in the these emerging applications for this technology. The community should embrace the possibilities, and foster the growth of new industries for this area. I believe this is a great place to start a technology based business, and we moved here 3 years ago from Los Angeles for exactly that purpose. I look forward to one day meeting Professor Javidi. Keep up the good work! Glad to hear the local community talking about this on the radio!

    • So backward, repressive, labor-hating North Carolina is on the cutting edge of mental and cultural colonization. I agree. The Boss owns your head these days.

  4. Video games? I’d like to see them create one named “Fiddling While Rome Burns” – I guarantee it’ll be a top seller.

  5. They say Obama’s dramatic escalation of killing Muslims with drones from bunkers in Texas is like playing a video game. A joystick is a joystick. So there’s that. There is all kinds of work that has no practical value. Is designing a video game for millions to enjoy any worse than directing a movie, writing a song or a novel for millions to enjoy? For the record, I’ve never played any of these games but whatever floats your boat is cool with me.

    • For Gregg Smith “a joystick is a joystick” regardless of what is on the controlled end. I can see after experiencing some of Gregg’s composing how “whatever floats your boat” would do the trick in securing payment from customers. There is healthy media and there is unhealthy media, and teaching students to ignore the difference produces more Gregg Smiths. Plenty of work is useless, done only for the money, but some of it is detrimental and takes back society to unsavory times. The human mind is impressionable and malleable, and the best defense we have is interaction with other sane and caring people. A nihilistic video game or other crass and callous media hurts us all eventually. And I will go farther in saying that the human mind was not evolved to deal with a constant media barrage; and has a small, slim chance of adapting in a way that will preserve civilization.

  6. My eldest son just graduated from high school and hopes to go to CPCC this fall in the Simulation and Game design program. When I told him about this show, he had a one word response. “Awesome!” Thank you for the wonderful interview.

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