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Ohio college plans game, design graphics major.

MARIETA, Ohio -- To demonstrate its role in the new economy of knowledgeskill workers, Washington State Community College recently hosted a conference on "Graphics, Game and Simulation Design."

Keynote speakers Mark Wirt, CEO of Butterfly.net, and Tom Stead, chairman and associate professor of the game and simulation development arts program at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, discussed "Can Appalachia Get Game and Why?"--a look at the growth potential for gaming graphics development in the region.

Participants also learned about plans for an interactive gaming major at Washington State and how they might transfer to Shawnee State. If approved by the Ohio Board of Regents, the major would produce graduates who could create programming for anyone in the world from the Mid-Ohio Valley.

"The graduates could work for companies that create online games of computer-generated images for the movies and stay right here, adding to our local economy," said Laura Kerbyson, assistant professor of computer graphics at Washington State.

Dr. Ken "Doc Mojo" Musgrave, CEO of Prandromeda, provided the proof, describing his more from the costly Silicon Valley to a West Virginia mountaintop. The creator of digital images for films such as "Apollo 13" said, "This just makes economic sense for us. I figured out how to be an artist but get paid an engineer's salary ... and have a better quality of life."
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