Lindenwood hires new instructors for game-design program

Lindenwood University-Belleville has hired two renowned instructors for its game-design program — Carol Mertz and Michael Hicks.

“It’s been really great for our students to get a chance to work with them,” Derek Dadian-Smith, assistant professor of communications at Lindenwood Belleville, said in a news release. “They’ve established themselves as leaders of the game-development industry in the area and have done a great deal to bring the talent and creativity here together.”

Mertz, who is an organizer of the annual PixelPop gaming convention in St. Louis, said she’s excited to teach at Lindenwood Belleville and is inspired by the students.

“I’m constantly reminded of how imaginative they are,” Mertz said in a news release. “They’re always coming up with things I never could have come up with.”

Lindenwood Belleville is one of the first St. Louis area universities to establish a game design program, according to Hicks.

“It’s really exciting to be a part of Lindenwood’s design programs,” he said. “I feel like I’m helping the direction of where things are going.”

Students in the program at Lindenwood learn to make analog games — board, card, and dice — and computer games.

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe