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Ira FayLearning Games DesignerMIT

Ira Fay is a Learning Games Designer in The Education Arcade at MIT, and CEO of Fay Games, a studio primarily focused on games for educational impact. He was previously an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Game Design at Hampshire College where he founded the game design and development program, which Princeton Review consistently rated in the Top 10 undergraduate programs in the US. Before Hampshire College, Ira co-founded the undergraduate game design and development program at Quinnipiac University, where he was an Assistant Professor of Game Design and Development. Before beginning his academic career, Ira was a Senior Game Designer at Electronic Arts (, where he led Pogo mobile game development and released several top web games. Prior to Pogo, Ira worked at Z-Axis (Activision) on X-Men 3, at Maxis on The Sims 2, and at Walt Disney Imagineering on ToonTown Online. Ira graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor's degree in computer science and master's degrees in information systems management and entertainment technology. He is also a published puzzle designer and board game designer, including two expansions to Xia: Legends of a Drift System; the abstract strategy game Ouroboros; Arcade Mode in the Tides of Ruin expansion for Sleeping Gods; Arydia: The Paths We Dare Tread - Epic Hunt; and three expansions for Agricola.