This year, the Princeton Review ranked Drexel University's video-game-design curriculum the third best in the country. Not too shabby for the growing program, a collaboration between the computer science department (College of Engineering) and the digital-media program (Westphal College of Media Arts and Design).

It should come as no surprise, then, that video-game development companies are popping up all over Philly, many with Drexel connections. Space Whale Studios' five founders have either studied or taught at Drexel, and three of Burst Online Entertainment's employees hail from Drexel.

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- Kirstin Lindermayer