About the Contributors

Jon-Paul C. Dyson

Jon-Paul is a gamer, former computer programmer, and historian. He is Vice President for Exhibit Research and Development at The Strong and Director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

First Game Ever Played: Dungeon (on a PDP-11)
High School Legacy:
Chess champion



Shannon Symonds

Shannon Symonds

Shannon is a gamer and collections management specialist. She has a background in journalism and Japanese cultural studies, holds a master’s degree in history, and has taught as an adjunct at the State University of New York College at Brockport.

First Game Ever Played: Super Mario World
High School Legacy: Bibliophile



Michelle Parnett

Michelle Parnett

Michelle is Special Assistant to the President and CEO at The Strong and an Assistant Editor for the American Journal of Play. She has a background in English and American studies, holds a master’s of fine arts in creative writing, and has taught as an adjunct at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

First Game Ever Played: Duck Hunt
High School Legacy:
Kid at heart


Jeremy K. Saucier

Jeremy K. Saucier

Jeremy is a gamer and historian. He is Assistant Director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong. He holds a doctorate in American History and has taught as an adjunct and visiting professor at University of Rochester, St. Bonaventure University, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

First Game Ever Played: Pitfall!
High School Legacy:
Scholar athlete