ESP Biography

DAVID PERERA, MIT Junior studying CS and Games

Major: 6-2 and CMS

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2017

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a Junior at MIT studying 6-2 (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and CMS (Comparative Media Studies). Video games are my passion, and I hope to use all the practical knowledge I'm gaining in college to do some really impractical things once I graduate. My favorite game series is Metal Gear Solid, I work with the folks in our on-campus Game Lab, and I have an awful Megaman X speedrun clocking in at about an hour. I've made quite a few games, as personal projects as well as during game jams (think hackathons but for games), and interned at Gameloft NYC as a programmer. I'm also an avid bass guitarist and Cuban coffee aficionado. I'm looking forward to sharing some of what I know with you guys!

Past Classes

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H10927: Worldbuilding: Crafting Narrative Experiences in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Why do the worlds of The Matrix or Mad Max feel real when the world of Harry Potter feels flaky compared to the characters and plot? Why does playing Bioshock feel cohesive when playing Bioshock Infinite feels disconnected? Come learn about what makes a fictional world good or bad, and come up with your own weird worlds!

C10170: Creating Games: Using Unity and Practical Skills to Create the Impractical in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Do you love games? Have you ever been playing and thought to yourself "Man, it would be so cool if there was a game that did (x, y, and/or z)? Learn about the thought processes and skills you need to develop your own games using Unity, as well as a demonstration to show you how to create a prototype game starting from nothing. Come take the first steps into the wonderful world of game dev!