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Serious Gaming: The LIU Post Master’s in Digital Game Design


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

Courtney Aiello of Massapequa Park is designing an educational video game about breast cancer exams in LIU Post’s M.A. in Digital Game Design and Development program.Students in LIU Post’s master’s program in Digital Game Design are demonstrating that there’s more to computer games than guns, gadgets and angry birds. In the Digital Game Design Lab at LIU Post in Brookville, graduate students are developing a series of video games that serve a higher purpose.

“In the gaming industry, there has been a shift toward creating socially responsible games that enhance education, stimulate learning and serve the public’s need for information,” said Dr. Elena Bertozzi, associate professor of media arts at LIU Post.

Courtney Aiello, of Massapequa Park, and her team are working on a game titled “Help! I Need a Biopsy,” which guides women through the process of dealing with the stress of tests to diagnose breast cancer.

Lauren Perugini, of Coram, and her team are creating “The Grammar Game,” which helps elementary students learn conjunctions through the use of playful cartoon aliens. Perugini also is the developer of “Evan’s Amazon Adventure,” an educational 3D action-adventure game that exposes children to conservation challenges in the Amazon rainforest.

And then there’s “Flu Busters,” designed by doctors at Winthrop University Hospital and LIU Post students to convince children that a flu shot is a good idea.

Dr. Bertozzi is a socially conscious game developer in her own right. She is the award-winning creator of “Emergency Birth!” which teaches nursing students and non-medical professionals how to deliver a baby outside of a hospital.

The M.A. in Digital Game Design and Development at LIU Post is the only program of its kind on Long Island. The 30-credit program offers hands-on practical experience in all aspects of game development including: programming, visual design, interface design, and usability. Working in teams, students explore new game platforms and learn to function effectively in the daily practice of collaborative game conception, design, development and production. The students’ projects are then prepared for distribution in the marketplace.

Applications are now being accepted at for the fall 2013 class. To learn more attend an Open House on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard in Brookville. To RSVP, visit or Admissions Office at 516-299-2900. For more information on the M.A. in Digital Game Design, visit

Graduate Open House
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tilles Center Atrium, LIU Post or (516) 299-2900

Posted 02/13/2013

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