Video game seminar concludes with visit from NetherRealm

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Video game seminar concludes with visit from NetherRealm

Published: December 28, 2014.

Tom Sakkos, Software Engineer at NetherRealm Studios in
Chicago, speaks during a nine-week series,
"The Video Game Industry.”

Tom Sakkos, Software Engineer at NetherRealm Studios in Chicago, gave the final talk of a nine-week series, "The Video Game Industry.” Lewis University hosted the series for university students and faculty on behalf of the Computer Science division of the Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area.

Sakkos discussed his work environment at NetherRealm and his experiences developing the engine behind games like Mortal Kombat and Injustice.

During the speaker series, a number of video game industry professionals, including Lewis University’s Dr. Dana Dominiak, assistant professor of math and computer science, presented talks on various aspects of working in the video game industry.

Students learned about

  • the creative process,

  • how games are programmed and engineered,

  • tricks of the trade when it comes to getting the best performance out of the system,

  • the infrastructure pieces that are needed to support the making of video games,

  • how games are published and marketed,

  • how there is room for both huge game developers and smaller development shops in this diverse game marketplace.

Lewis University’s Dr. Tracey Nicholls, associate professor of philosophy, discussed the dark misogynistic tendency of some parts of game culture and what gamers’ responsibilities are to combat it. Other guest speakers included Mark Flitman, who has been a producer on a number of high-profile game projects over a 30-year career, and Pat Simmons, an accomplished and veteran game developer at Webfoot Technologies.

Lewis University offers a highly regarded and well-connected Computer Science program that includes a concentration in Video Game and Simulation Development. The concentration consists of courses like Video Game Programming I & II, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Graphics, and internship opportunities at area gaming companies.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,700 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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