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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fun and Games in June

Here are two game conferences which might be of interest. June is a busy month for me so I will not be attending either one, but, if you are close by, you may want to attend one of the conferences:

The first is the Game Education Summit. This conference will take place at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) in Pittsburgh, PA, on June 16-17.

Confirmed speakers and attendees include executives from Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Sony, THQ, Blizzard, Divide by Zero Games and Obsidian.

The academic conference, the only one of its kind, will offer an ambitious seven tracks, covering course overviews, opportunities to hear from industry professionals, sessions on narrative writing; showcasing creativity and development tools for traditional games, as well as sessions on games for “serious” applications such as government and health care training. A special track will cover the IGDA recommended curriculum. Interested parties can register for GES at Early Registration for the conference is $349 per attendee. At the door registration will be $399.

The other conference is the the Learning and Entertainment Evolution Forum (LEEF) at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania.

The schedule for the two-day event, set for June 18-19, will include more than a dozen case study presentations that explore and analyze the use of games, simulations, virtual worlds and console games for learning and performance. With titles ranging from Consultative Sales in a Virtual World to Developing Entrepreneurship with Series Games, each 2-hour case study session will include a high-level overview of the project, hands-on engagement, and group analysis of how to apply the project’s best practices and lessons learned.

If you want to hear my take on games and simulations you can catch me on May 21st at Tony Karrer's E-Learning Tour of which I am participating and hosting the games and simulations leg of the tour. Check out the details here.

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