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Faculty Directory » Les Nelken

Communications Media

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2020
Monday 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Tuesday 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon Hall 327
Phone: 978.665.3348

Courses Taught:

Elements of Game Design (GAME 2000)
Game Narrative Design (GAME 3010)
Game Level Design (GAME 3030)
Virtual Reality Development (GAME 3040)
Serious Games (GAME 3050)
Advanced Game Workshop (GAME 3500)
Game Studio (GAME 4100)


M.Arch., University of Colorado (Architecture)
B.A., Brandeis University (Philosophy)

Research Interests:

Les Nelken has been in the game industry since 1994. He was at Turbine (now WB Games Boston) for six years working on The Lord of the Rings OnlineDungeons & Dragons Online and Asheron's Call MMOs. He also worked on an Aliens FPS and multiplayer FPS levels for Borderlands at Demiurge Studios in conjunction with Gearbox Software, World of Zoo at Blue Fang Games, and the Copernicus/Kingdoms of Amalur MMO at 38 Studios. His research interests include video game design, virtual reality/XR, and art and architecture.

Current Projects:

The Station, a first-person sci-fi narrative mystery and exploration game
Game Art: World Builders gallery show at Ayer Lofts Gallery, Lowell MA

Professional Affiliations:

IGDA - International Game Developers Association
Boston Post Mortem: Boston Chapter of the IGDA (Board Member)