Owen Cooper
JRNM 151

The LCCC Writing Center was the place to be,  on Wed, Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m., as Michael Piero Ph.D., a professor at Cuyahoga Community College, and author of two books, with over a dozen peer reviewed articles and book chapters hosted the “Read, Write, Game: How Video Games Communicate Culture and Shape Our Lives” event.

Piero, who acquired his Ph.D. in English and has taught at schools such as: Notre Dame College, wanted to promote his new book “Video Game Chronotypes and Social Justice” while also informing an audience of about 40 people about how video games can shape people’s lives. Piero’s motivation to study video games “stemmed from a mixture of playing them for most of my life and meeting some game studies scholars early on in my doctoral work. I discovered that a lot of the theories and methodologies I had worked with regarding literature were relevant to the study of video games, even if those theories needed to adapt to a new medium.” Piero is also an advocator for the fact that video games are not only worthy of study but necessary to study in order to build a gaming literacy, since games are always persuasive—what exactly are they persuading us of is the interesting question, and what Piero wants to find out more about.

Keep pressing on

For now, Piero is looking to write his first novel, and has just recently received the Mandel Humanities Faculty Fellowship last year, an award given to two faculty members at Tri-C by a committee of humanities deans, scholars, and professors. Piero is also a supporter of that “With all of these things, the lesson has always been that perseverance pays off more often than not. Despite many failures, many rejections, many moments where I wanted to give up on a project, I keep going, and that’s often a large part of what it takes: pressing on, even during difficult times, and finding those who are generous enough to lend a helping hand.”