Jesse Schell

Game Developer and Educator

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Robin Hunicke chats with Jesse Schell to discuss how Jesse’s work in game development helps keep him up to date as an educator, Schell Games’ exploration into VR, the illusion VR creates for the body; VR’s 10 million problem; and the importance of taking initiative and using all of the advantages afforded by 21st century technology to begin your career and overcome systemic disadvantages. 

Jesse Schell is the founder and CEO of Schell Games as well as a Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University. Schell Games is a game development and education company with titles on multiple platforms including location-based games, educational titles, and award-winning VR games such as I Expect You To Die and Until You Fall.

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Introducing D.I.C.E. Conversations

New Online Series

The AIAS is bringing the unparalleled networking and shared conversations of the D.I.C.E. Summit to virtual platforms with online talks and roundtables as a brand new recurring series called D.I.C.E. Conversations starting in January 2021.

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D.I.C.E. Awards Submissions Now Closed

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Rita Ann Zimmerer

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Our wife, mother, sister, aunt, and dear friend, Rita Ann Zimmerer, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at her home in Long Grove, IL. Rita was instrumental in the video gaming industry where she served as the Executive Vice President at Sunsoft helping design, develop and distribute over 100 video games for Nintendo, Sega, and Sony systems. During her career, she was a Founding Director of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science, where she was awarded the Warner Brother’s Presidents Award, and selected to Orange County Metropolitan’s Top Ten Businesswomen in Orange County, California in March 1994.

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AIAS Foundation Scholarship Selections Announced

Next application period opens March 2021

The AIAS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), is pleased to award ten scholarships to outstanding students and early professionals who are dedicating their careers to the advancement of the video game industry. 

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23rd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Winners Revealed

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