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Jesse Schell

CEO, Schell Games; professor of entertainment technology, Carnegie Mellon University

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Jesse Schell is the CEO of Schell Games, makers of games like Among Us VR and I Expect You To Die. He also serves as Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University, and is author of The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses. Before starting Schell Games in 2002, Jesse was the creative director of the Disney Virtual Reality Studio, where he helped create DisneyQuest and Toontown Online.

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Scheduled Appearances

Will the Metaverse Kill Reality?

Crosscut Festival 2023
Tue May 2, 2023 | 11:00am

Tech companies have placed big bets on the metaverse, believing it can profoundly impact the way people communicate and build relationships. But consumers have been slow to adopt. It's too early to say whether the metaverse will be a success, but if it is, it could upend the way we engage with the world.



Steven L. Kent
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Featuring: Steven L. Kent, Jesse Schell, Michael Pachter

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The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival brings together journalists, newsmakers, and innovators from around the country to talk about the issues that are animating our cultural conversations. The festival includes live recordings of television and podcasts from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Pushkin, NPR and PBS; as well as community meetups, meet-and-greets, food trucks, DJs, and more.

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival will take place May 4, 2024, at the Amazon Meeting Center, 2031 Seventh Ave. Seattle, WA 98121.

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