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Faculty Directory » Les Nelken

Communications Media

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2019
10 AM to 12 PM

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Office Information:

Room Number: Conlon 327
Phone: 978-665-3348

Courses Taught:

Elements of Game Design (GAME 2000)
Game Narrative Design (GAME 3010)
Game Level Design (GAME 3030)
Serious Games (GAME 3050)
Advanced Game Workshop (GAME 3500)
Contemporary Issues in Games - topic: Virtual Reality (GAME 3510)
Game Studio (GAME 4100)


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

Research Interests:

Les Nelken has been in the game industry since 1994. He was at Turbine for six years working on The Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons & Dragons Online and Asheron's Call MMOs. He also worked on the Aliens: Colonial Marines FPS at Demiurge Studios, on casual games at Blue Fang and the Copernicus/Kingdoms of Amalur MMO at 38 Studios. His research interests include video game design, virtual reality, Next-Gen games, and art and architecture.

Current Projects:

"The Station," a first-person narrative mystery and exploration game.

Professional Affiliations:

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