New York Film Academy [Sponsor]

My thanks to the New York Film Academy for sponsoring the candler blog this week.

Do you think video games are all about smash, shoot, bash and run? If you do, please rethink.

Digital games are now used by at least 135 million Americans at least once a month. Many are in the action thriller genre, but one-on-one and one-on-many games across all available digital formats – including and especially mobile smartphones and tablets – have gone way beyond. The growth of games such as Words With Friends and “serious” games used in schools, in workplaces and for military training are the new explosion in gaming.

The Game Design School at the New York Film Academy is training the next generation of game designers. With degrees at the Associates, Bachelors and Masters levels, as well as a one-year conservatory program, the school turns game enthusiasts into game leaders.

Operated within a performing arts school, the NYFA game design program includes a class in improvisational acting. Why? Improv is much like interactive game play.