A belated “Hello, World!”

Since I am preparing my second talk for the Rensselaer Center for Open Source, I believe it is time to introduce this project to the world! (Alright, to be honest, this introduction would have come much sooner had it not been an early casualty of the infamous RPI swine flu.)

Pokéstruct1 is a computer science adventure RPG. Its goal is to present computer science in a fun medium, independently of coding. As you have probably guessed, it is modeled on the Pokémon franchise.

That’s goofy!, you might think. Well, yes—it is. It is also plausible, and in my opinion, that makes it an excellent metaphor. You might question the plausibility, but take my word for it for now—I’ll be expanding on that tomorrow and posting the presentation here. In the meantime, you should check out my initial presentation.

Now that the introductions are out of the way, I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sean O’Sullivan, the RPI alumnus who made the donation to RPI that made RCOS possible, and Professor Moorthy, who organizes the regular RCOS meetings.


  1. This is a working title. I am fond of it, but I can certainly imagine that Nintendo wouldn’t be. I will happily take suggestions for a better, more copyright-friendly name.