Survey results of the summer internships of the ETC class who will meet degree requirements in 2020.
My first exposure to games was playing the pen and paper Dungeons and Dragons. I have many fond memories of creating strange worlds and populating them with even stranger characters and sharing them with my close friends through storytelling.
At the ETC, I am learning a lot from my multi-cultural and multi-talented peers. I wish to grow more competent as a programmer and also learn how to create strong stories and experiences to share with a wider audience.
Since first arriving in Pittsburgh for my boot camp semester, I have been involved in a number of interesting projects. I explored the use of audio in Sonology where we were attempting to remove visuals from an experience to prove that audio can be the primary feedback. I spent the summer in Disney VR Studio where I worked on adding combat skills to Pirates of the Caribbean online. I worked with Burton Morris, a Pittsburgh Pop Artist, in a client project back at the ETC where we explored ways in which his art can be mixed with technology. That project culminated with us building 3 distinct art pieces and holding a mini gallery experience during the Building Virtual Worlds after event party to prove them.
Currently, I am in the Taomasters student pitch project where we want to create a Turn-based strategy role-playing game that uses the Chinese language rules of combining Radicals and Components to form other meaningful characters in our game. That together with a Chinese painting art style will give a player an introduction to Chinese culture.