About Xylem and Phloem

Xylem and Phloem (zye-lem and flow-um) : The two primary components of botanical vascular tissue. Xlyem transports water and minerals, while phloem transports sugar.

Xylem and Phloem LLC is a one-man microstudio run by me, Michael “Mazinga” Parisi. My mission: Make sure every child knows how to pronounce and spell “xylem and phloem”.

Actually, that’s only a small part of the truth. What Xylem and Phloem really wants to do is create educational media that kids love to engage with, and parents feel good about. Honestly, not an easy task…games these days are incredibly sophisticated and well marketed, not to mention tied directly in to endless forms of disposable pop culture. We want to do better than that. We want to participate in the education revolution, using game mechanics to create something amazing. Doctors are already doing it. NASA is already doing it. Everything is about to change.

In truth, the Xylem and Phloem mission is to create games that inspire a thirst for knowledge. When a hungry mind is open and receptive, all of the sudden the experience of learning becomes meaningful to both the heart and the mind. This is where the magic happens, where learning becomes wisdom. If you have ever wondered why kids know so much about the content of their games, it’s because they are learning. So, why not replace the junk with something meaningful?

In the past I have produced/designed for Disney, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks as well as a whole bunch of big-name game companies. Isopod is my first solo game.

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