(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON - MARCH 11th, 2009): The annual Future Play Conference on the future of game development has become an event that gets circled on the calendars of the gaming world's top scholars, students and industry leaders. With 2009 keynote speakers that include games pioneer and guru Don Daglow and Ben Sawyer of Digitalmill, this year promises to be no exception.
With the 2009 Future Play Conference now partnered with the Game Developers Conference® (GDC Canada), there will now be even more opportunities for participants to benefit from influential speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions and valuable networking opportunities.
University of Calgary Professor Jim Parker has been a long-time participant in Future Play.
"I have a high regard for the role of Future Play in the game research and development vista in Canada," he says. "I was an early participant in Future Play, since 2004 in fact, when it was still named the Game Technology Conference, and I have been enthusiastic ever since. It has been the home of many innovations, such as the game contest in 2007 and in acting as host for the Canadian Game Studies Association in its early stages."
Continues Parker, "What I think is important is that it is a broadly-based conference, having participation from academics and industry, game studies and technology. There is nothing else like it in Canada, and I am excited to see it connect with GDC Canada this year."
The Future Play 2009 conference will be taking place this May 12th to 13th in Vancouver British Columbia alongside GDC Canada. Since its inception in 2002, Future Play has provided a home for cutting-edge researchers, game developers and theorists to share their ideas with an audience that includes industry-experts, students, investors and government officials involved in the digital media and games industry. Future Play focuses on the three major themes of future games development, future games impacts and applications and future games talent.
Future Play 2009 is sponsored by Algoma University, the North American home of the Masters of Science in Computer Games Technology Degree, with support from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Register for your All Access Pass for Future Play and GDC Canada at www.futureplay.org.
About Algoma University
Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in Psychology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Community Economic&Social Development, and Biology. Algoma U is committed to offering a personal education experience unlike any university in Ontario. As the Canadian home of the internationally recognized MSc CGT from the University of Abertay Dundee, Algoma University is at the forefront of computer games technology education. Algoma University also offers accelerated second degree programs in Business Administration and Computer Science on its Brampton campus. To learn more about Algoma University, visit www.algomau.ca.
For further information, please contact:
Algoma University Divisional Directorof Communications
705.949.2301 ext. 4120
Email: donna.woldanski @algomau.ca