Welcome to Ask An Indie where we interview local independent game developers to learn how they make, do and create.
The Indie: Ellen Burns-Johnson, Instructional Designer, Allen Interactions.
What inspired you to start making games?
I’ve loved games since forever, but my professional interests have taken me down a path more aligned with learning psychology and human behavior. Several years ago I realized that good learning experiences felt very similar to my favorite games—challenging, evolving, complex, and emotionally engaging.
At what age did you create your first game?
When I was 30! I made a Twine game at the Midwest Game Jam.
What formal training do you have that has helped you?
My background as a learning experience designer has helped me quite a lot in thinking about game dynamics and working with development teams.
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