My trip to UC Irvine

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UC Irvine in California is a great school (take a look at the terrific ratings).

That’s why I’m both honored and humbled to receive the Hall of Fame award for my work in software engineering and video games.  I recently visited the Donald Bren School of Computer Sciences & Information for a couple of days to meet the Dean and Assistant Dean and Department Chair, see how things have changed since I attended, meet with informatics researchers, and present to students and alumni at Game Developer’s Week.

When I graduated in 1981 (Computer Science) the campus had only a few buildings, now there are many.  The campus is still growing, yet it is quite attractive and still has a very personal feel — not to mention the beautiful beaches nearby.  Environmental practices at the college are hard to beat.

There are far more students attending today, and among the great variety of majors to choose from, there are excellent Computer Sciences & Informatics programs — including a Computer Game Science (video game developer and software engineering) degree that didn’t exist when I attended.

Informatics researchers are working on a variety of interesting projects related to health and education, as well as other diverse fields.

I very much enjoyed meeting with and giving a presentation to the UC Irvine Video Game Developer’s Club called “Staying Creative”, the main premise being that in order to have a long career in video games or other creative fields you should consider — know — your interests and stay flexible.    See the video below, or click on the link above to see it on YouTube.

I can’t conclude without mentioning Peter the Anteater, UC Irvine’s mascot.  I think he’s pretty terrific too.