The genius who sparked the $23 billion video game industry
Rob Miles, CEO of Anime Superstar Express, who visited Lawson's home as a pre-teen in the 1970s and became inspired to get a double degree in math and computer science at UC-Berkeley before joining the game industry in the 1990s, is among the special guests marking the anniversary of Lawson's first visit to the Game Developers Conference.
Gordon Bellamy, executive director of the International Game Developers Association, who like Miles worked on the creation of the huge hit Madden Football while at EA Sports, is also featured in the documentary as he meets Lawson for the first time.
Lawson's story is the focal point of a national campaign to reverse the low participation of African-American students in mathematics and science classes. The documentary also includes dozens of other professionals in the exciting video game industry, who rely on math and science skills to excel.
Inventor of the Channel F, the first video game cartridge console, and Demolition Derby, Lawson died soon after the GDC visit last year.
Miles kicked off Change the Game, Do the Math with a visit to residents at Alameda County Juvenile Hall last Friday.