Edward Melcer

University of California, Santa Cruz

Edward Melcer

University of California, Santa Cruz

Biography

Eddie Melcer is an independent game developer and Assistant Professor in the UCSC Department of Computational Media, running their Professional Masters in Serious Games. He is also the director of Alternative Learning Technologies & Games (ALT Games) Lab www.altgameslab.soe.ucsc.edu where he researches, designs and builds a multitude of educational and alternative controller video game experiences that focus on incorporating the body into gameplay. Eddie’s serious games have won awards at venues such as the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge and Games for Learning Design Competition; and his independent games have been featured in a number of venues such as IndieCade, IndieCade East, and Come Out & Play. His recent research studying tangibles in the design of educational games has similarly received best paper and honorable mention awards at major academic venues.