Introducing the Hype Conference Speakers: Darren Pearson

Darren surprised us one day by sharing an Atari-inspired adventure game (complete with collision detection!) on the forums. We’re very excited to learn about the new games he’s porting to Hype at the conference, and hearing about upcoming courses in game design he’s spearheading for his students in Saint Paul:

headshot-Darren-PearsonTell me a bit about yourself and what brought you to Hype: 

I’ve been an instructor at a two year Community College in Saint Paul, MN since 2002 in the areas of web design and animation. I learned about Tumult Hype while researching HTML5 compatible alternatives to Flash and ActionScript. I loved the simplicity of the Hype user interface, along with the Javascript API functions included in the Hype package. 

What’s most exciting about your job or projects you’re working on? 

Starting in the Fall Semester of 2016, we are offering a new degree and certificate option using Tumult Hype and Javascript to create a variety of Retro games. This program will pull together skills in programming, graphic design, audio editing, game logic and user experience to create a variety of games in an active learning environment. So far the response from students has been very exciting!

Can you share a hint about what you’ll be talking about at the conference? 

My focus for the last year and half has been to recreate some of the games I grew up with within a web environment. My motivation came from platforms like the Atari 2600, the original Nintendo Entertainment System and various 1980’s coin operated games. Plus, I took some inspiration after reading “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. 

Anything else you might want to share with attendees about yourself? 

Check out some of the retro games my students and I have created over at: 

Meet Darren and more speakers & attendees at the Hype Conference on October 8th.