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A Vermont Take On Making Video Games

Emergent Media Center at Champlain College
A girl in El Salvador plays Breakaway, a game from Champlain College's Emergent Media Center designed to tackle issues of gender equality.

Champlain College's trailblazing Game Studio -- which offered the nation's first four-year degree in making video games -- is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Since the program began, a lot has changed in the world of gaming. You're as likely to be playing Angry Birds on your phone as blasting away at aliens on your home console or PC. The community of people who play video games has become more diverse, not without some resistance. And a growing world of independent developers are experimenting with new ideas and forging their own paths.

From Champlain College, game development experts Amanda Crispel and Ann DeMarle join us to discuss all these trends, plus projects that use games to work for social progress. And Daniel Moore, of Burlington-based Toonuva Games discusses his latest project in the works.

Also on the program, Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea. As the state solicits nominations for the next laureate, Lea reflects on how he has spent his four year term attempting to connect Vermonters to poetry. Lea says he hopes the next appointee takes poetry out of the ivory tower and shows how interesting and accessible it can be.

Broadcast live on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m