For as long as I can remember, Louisiana has suffered from a public image problem nationally. Some say this is self-inflicted and well deserved, but we all know that stereotypes never tell the whole story. Which leads me to Virtualworldnews.com. Last week they ran a story about the tax breaks signed into law by Gov. Jindal for the game developing industry. In the story, they cited a number of problems Louisiana has (high crime rate, low education rankings, health statistics etc.) and expressed doubt that the state could become a true player in the game developing field. But that's when Joe Castille stepped in and did some educating of his own for the good folks at Virtual World News. Castille is the executive producer of the non profit 3D Squared, a Louisiana based organization that trains high school and middle school students to compete for jobs in the game developing and digital media industry. To their credit, Virtual World News updated their original story with Castille's contributions. Read it all here. And be sure to check the 3D Squared link to learn more about the work they're doing.
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