Eric Piccione is Assistant Professor of Game Design. He has 20 years of experience developing video games for companies such as Sega, Activision, and Electronic Arts. He has launched games for mobile, PC, and console platforms, and served as art director for three massively multiplayer online projects. Eric has taught 3D animation at George Mason University and the George Washington University, and conducted workshops in visual storytelling and comic book design at the Arlington Art Academy. His approach is to adapt traditional art and storytelling techniques to the digital medium in a hands-on game development setting. He holds a BA in English from Western Michigan University, where he focused on graphic design, creative writing, and journalism. Before video games, Eric was an illustrator for comic books and various print media.