Mike Mika

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Mike Mika, aka Donkey Kong Dad, is Chief Creative Officer at Other Ocean Interactive and the father of two tech-savvy kids. He received national attention in 2013 when he hacked the classic arcade game so his daughter could play as Pauline, the female character, and save Mario.

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Industry Insights: How Screen Time Helped Me in School

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This article is part of our ongoing Industry Insights series where parents who work in the video game industry share their personal stories. This entry comes to us from Mike Mika, who is also known as “Donkey Kong Dad” because he hacked the classic arcade game at his daughter’s request so she could play as the female character rather than Mario. Mike is currently the Chief Creative Officer at independent developer, Other Ocean Interactive.

As a volunteer on the tech subcommittee for the PTA at my son’s school, I have come face-to-face with the reality that there continues to be unreasonable fear of “screen time” and its effects on young children. By authorizing the purchase of tablets for kindergarten class, our subcommittee unleashed a firestorm of criticism. During the discussion, while the other members of the PTA debated about whether “screen time is appropriate for kids that young,” I tuned out because I was recollecting the impact of technology and gaming on my life. Read More