Joshua Yates | Webster University

Joshua Yates

Joshua Yates head shotPosition

Assistant Professor, Program Facilitator, Games and Game Design


Electronic and Photographic Media

Home Campus

St. Louis (Webster Groves)

Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Gamification in Education
  • Game-based learning in education
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Machine learning
  • Serious games and simulation

Courses Taught

GAME 2000 Introduction to Video Game Theory and Design
GAME 3000 Video Game Design I
GAME 3150 Topics: Game Scripting with C#
GAME 3150 Topics: iOS Game and App Development
GAME 3150 Topics: Topics: Digital RPG Design
GAME 3150 Topics: Interactive Storytelling and Visual Novels (VNs)
GAME 3150 Topics: Global Game Jam - Game Developers
GAME 3599 Independent Learning Experience
GAME 4000 Video Game Level Design
GAME 4500 Video Game Design II
GAME 4620 - Senior Overview
INTM 3150 Topics: iOS Game and App Development
NPRO 5900 New Media Project Production


Yates completed an undergraduate degree at Drury University and is completing an MFA in Writing at Lindenwood University.

Professional Experience

Joshua Yates is a veteran game developer, producer, and entrepreneur. He leads Accordion Games, an independent game development studio in St. Louis. Under his leadership, Accordion Games has expanded development from web and mobile games into licensed development for Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft consoles. In addition, he has worked as a designer and programmer for online multiplayer games, and in video game journalism, building partnerships with major game studios and hardware manufacturers including Funcom, Sony Online Entertainment, CCP Games, Cryptic, Trion Worlds, and Crucial. His current research projects delve into the areas of gamification of education and training, as well as trans-media storytelling.


Small Budgets, Large Ideas - The Accordion Games Story

Contact Information

Office phone 314-246-5926
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updated 3/2019