Class of 2018
Hello! My name is Mark Lee Wenyi. Though I’m Singaporean, I spent 8 years in a Western-established Christian International School in China from the age of 5 to 13. Having experienced such a diverse environment and plethora of peoples started a fascination in me towards the different ways in which we human beings try and make sense of our time in this world. That’s a mentality I carry with me wherever I go, academics or otherwise. I really enjoy spending my time on a diverse range of experiences, and boy the insight you can gather on being human from being in different places haha..! I read books, lead a group of young adults in my church, work as a part-time live commentator for professional video games, play video games, play the piano, play sports.. I think many people, from my parents to friends, would say I’m a person that loves to play :p Or “troll”. Yes, I think many of my friends would say I’m the trolololiest troll they have known.
About My Capstone
And guess what the topic of my capstone revolves around… SURPRISE..! Play! My capstone focus looks into how the phenomenal development of professional video gaming (also known as eSports) affects local gaming in Singapore. Video gaming (or just gaming in general, really) has allowed for an unprecedented means and speed of connection that has and will continue to have profound impact on individuals and communities. And I want to get insight on that issue! I’m interviewing both professionals in the eSports industry as well as people who play games in Singapore, whether professionally or casually. What I’m interested in is how it is people view and enact their play today..a question that goes far beyond video games (I’d argue we all play). How should we view time spent on play? What should we expect to get out of play? What pressures, joys, failures, and stories have uniquely “playful” human experiences behind them? These are the questions that really get me thinking 🙂 Come say hi, chat, share a thought, play a game or too – we’re all looking to make and experience meaning in the time that we have left!