- Year: Class of 2018
- Major: Digital Media/ Animation & Game Arts
- Honors: Dean's List, Commonwealth Honors Scholar
- Research: Video game violence
Alexander Kephart ’18 was recognized at the thirty-third annual Honors Convocation Banquet for having completed the undergraduate four-year honors curriculum to graduate as a Commonwealth Scholar.
Ideas that come to life
I started experimenting with digital animation during my last two years of high school. I’ve always had a creative mind, and thought it would be a good way to start making my ideas come to life. My focus is mostly on 2D illustration and animation, but I also have experience with 3D sculpting, modeling, animation and video editing.
Affects of video games debunked
My honors thesis, Video Game Violence: How Video Games Affect the Players, focused on violent video games and their effects on a player's mental state. What I found is that despite what some newscasters and politicians believe, there is no causal link between how often someone plays a violent game and the probability that they will commit real-world violence.
It was very interesting to read all the different studies on the psychological and physiological effects of video game play that lead me to this conclusion.