Lee Sheldon, professor of practice in interactive media and video game design at WPI, once enthralled audiences in characters’ drama and action-packed predicaments as a television producer and scriptwriter for shows including Charlie’s Angels and Star Trek: The Next Generation. These days, he uses his knack for storytelling to engage audiences through video games, and teaches others how to do the same.
Earlier this month, during the European installment of the 13th Annual Games for Change Conference, he contributed his skillset to help address a serious topic: immigration.
“Immigration, Integration, and Self-Esteem Restoration: The Power of Video Games” was the theme of this year’s Games for Change Europe conference, held in Paris. Approximately 150 industry professionals, educators, immigration experts, students, and a former refugee, gathered for a meeting of the minds, focused on creating prototypes for games to mitigate the challenges of immigration worldwide by helping people empathize with immigrants and refugees, and helping immigrants and refugees assimilate.