A presentation that was given at the IGDA of Las Vegas on November 5th, 2019. Available for download or reference.
(Original presentation. Requires PowerPoint or Google Slides) Store Wars
(Presentation including speaker’s notes. Requires Acrobat or another PDF reader) Store Wars
On August 13th, 1942, the government of the United States began a project that would change human history. Urged on by physicists Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard and proceeding under the direction of Robert Oppenheimer and involving literally dozens of Jewish physicists, chemists and mathematicians the Manhattan Project would be the greatest work ever undertaken. They knew that they were in a race against the Germans to develop a weapon of mass destruction. The fate of the world hung in the balance.
(Requires PowerPoint or Google Slides) 7_The Men Who Made The Atomic Bomb
(Requires Acrobat or another PDF reader) 7_The Men Who Made The Atomic Bomb
Thanks to Corbin Reeves for the invitation.
My presentation on the Business of Games can be found here:
Business of Games
On February 22nd, 2017 I gave a talk on the Origins of Jewish Comedy in America tracing how the American comedy scene evolved from the often tragic experiences of European Jewry. In Western Europe, Jews were struggling with the issues of assimilation versus identity. In the East, the expansion of the Russian Empire had relegated the Jewish populations of Russia and Poland into the Pale of Settlement. Fleeing to America, Jewish immigrants found themselves living in the ghetto of the Lower East Side. Yet somehow these same conditions gave rise to generations of comics that changed theater, film and television in America.
Follow the story of some of these comic geniuses who learned to Laugh Through The Tears:
Laughing Through The Tears
On January 19th, 2017 we officially launched a new game development focused Meetup. Attendance was excellent with students from Eastern Michigan University, Lawrence Technical University and the University of Michigan, as well as local game developers, all attending. Two presentations were given by speakers:
Larry Kuperman, Dir. of Business Development, Nightdive Studios
Larry The Business of Games Final
David Cai, Co-Founder of Gaudium Studio