Michael John

Program Director, Games and Playable Media Master's Program at UC Santa Cruz

Michael John (MJ) is the Program Director at the Games and Playable Media professional masters program at UC Santa Cruz. Prior to UC Santa Cruz, he was Game Director at GlassLab, a groundbreaking collaboration between forces in game development and learning, where he managed both game and technology development. MJ is a 20+ year veteran of the commercial games industry, having worked with companies such as Universal Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, 2K Games, Electronic Arts, and others. His commercial oeuvre includes the original Spyro the Dragon trilogy, the PSP Classic Daxter and work on the God of War series. He has been an adjunct professor in game design for USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and is a frequent speaker on the creative process, product development, and innovation, as well as advancing the field of games & learning.

My Sessions

Game Design Workshop: From Concept to Mechanic

In the course of our development of original educational game products at GlassLab, we evolved a method of building game activities that begins with a thorough analysis of the competency, then working up from that point to game mechanics and ultimately to the game itself. The workshop will take participants through a rudimentary game design […]