Nikki N.


Pittsburgh, PA
Hometown: Pittsburgh

Member since:

October 29, 2013


What do you like most about creating games?

I am fascinated with game-based learning and realized that both making and playing games are engaging ways to learn.

How would you describe your level of experience in game development?

novice, but a wannabe!

Is game creation something you do for fun, or is it more of a professional interest? Please describe.

Professionally, my company developed a program with faculty at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, Zulama gives schools a way to teach critical programming, art, and design skills at the middle and high school levels. The platform immerses students in the same technology used to design today’s most popular video games. The program combines Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) with the Arts to give students not only the skills but also the creativity they need to thrive in the new global digital workplace. Personally, I'm a puzzle gamer and I love to play beautiful indie games.

What part of game dev are you most into? Programming, animating, AI, 3D modeling, marketing, etc?

I'm impatient with the lack of game-based learning products available to U.S. classrooms. I started Zulama to help students discover college and career interests and use games and game design principles to develop skills necessary to thrive in our new knowledge-based global economy.


Nikki graduated from St Lawrence University with a multifield major in Mathematics and Fine Arts, and has been working on products that combine the best of left-and right-brain thinking ever since.

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