Going into graduate school, Jason Corace thought making films was the only way he could tell stories. Then he was introduced to the world of gaming and fell in love.
"I learned to program and realized I could tell stories and create experiences in new ways," said Corace, who grew up in Mount Laurel, N.J. and now lives in Hampden. Corace, 36, the chair of the interactive arts department and head of the game arts program at MICA, will be running the MICA Student Games exhibition this weekend at Artscape event Gamescape (Bunting Center, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.). The showcase will feature Justin Livi's strategy role-playing game "Iron Wall Tactics" and Sam Robinson's "Cigarettes and Swords," as well as other demos of student work. Corace talked to us about the definition of a gamer, taco nights with friends and more.
Worst pet peeve? People thinking that if you play games then you are a gamer. To me, a gamer is somebody that defines their life by the games they play and generally has an unhealthy relationship to the fantasies that games construct. It is possible to love games and be a well-rounded adult human, or so I tell myself.
What song/songs are you loving/hating right now? "Weight" by Mikal Cronin. It is heartbreaking and breezy at the same time.
Last concert/gig you went to? I saw the BSO do a live score for Chaplin's "Modern Times."
Your worst habit? I am a slow responder to email, meaning sometimes I pretend that my inbox does not exist.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Facebook.
Last movie you liked/disliked? I just watched "Spring Breakers" and I both liked and disliked it.
TV show(s) you can't get enough of? "Family Tree" by Christopher Guest. Chris O' Dowd has these amazing dark reactions that crack me up.
Favorite and most loathed fashion statement? I tend to dislike fashion, but I am happy when the gentlemen of Baltimore decide to wear shirts on hot summer days.
Last great meal you had? We just had a really nice taco night at my house and my friends made some great food.
Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? I tend to like drinking on porches. I also have a soft spot for Club Charles as I used to live across the street from it.
Best advice you ever got? Don't take yourself so seriously.
Coolest video game art right now? Freeindiegam.es is a site that posts free-to-play games by the indie game underground.
Most exciting part of Artscape? Well, I think I am required to say Gamescape, but I also really like seeing so many people in downtown Baltimore.
Favorite thing about Baltimore? Baltimore is a great place for a creative person to live, start a venture and find a like-minded community.
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