Utrecht, The Netherlands - April 24, 2008– The NLGD today announced that it has opened its call for papers for possible speakers at the NLGD Game Conference, June 18-20 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Potential speakers are invited to submit their ideas for lectures, workshops and roundtables over the next week. All lecture and session proposals should cover one or more of the Avenues of Exploration that the NLGD has set for the conference. The deadline for the call for papers is May 1, 2008.
The NLGD also confirmed the following speakers for its upcoming Game Conference: Heather Chandler (Executive Producer and founder of Media Sunshine, Inc.), Ben Sawyer (Co-Founder of Digitalmill), and Chris Swain (Professor, University of Southern California).
After several years in the trenches of video game production at Electronic Arts, Activision, and Ubisoft, Heather Chandler started her own development studio. During her eleven years on the front lines of the games industry, she has contributed to the production of over 35 games, including the first seven games in the Ghost Recon series.
Chandler will be leading a 2-hour work shop session focusing on the production cycle of a fictitious game, some of the problems it encountered, and how the production team solved them.
Ben Sawyer is the co-founder of Digitalmill. He has worked in, and covered game development, for over eight years.
Sawyer will talk about the serious games field, providing strong definitions and a well-built platform on what is needed to make serious games. He will also provide tools for attendees to better understand the serious games market.
Chris Swain is a game designer, educator, and co-author of the textbook Game Design Workshop. He co-directs the EA Game Innovation Lab at USC. His work has received many awards including Time Magazine's Best of the Web.
Swain will present best practices in game development processes. He will provide tools and metrics, in order to reveal different approaches to game development.
“When I was invited to speak at the NLGD Game Conference it did not take me long to say‘Yes’,” said Swain.“It is an excellent opportunity to reach a new audience as I present Master Metrics 2.0 in Utrecht.”
For more information about all of the confirmed speakers, including full bios, please visit: http://www.nlgd.nl/fog/content/view/190
More information on the call for papers can be found on the NGLD website at: http://www.nlgd.nl/fog/content/view/194.
About NLGD Foundation
The NLGD Foundation is a European cross-disciplinary platform, the European hub to synergy, vision and inspiration in the games industry. The main goal of the NLGD Foundation is to stimulate the Dutch games industry and to position this industry internationally. In order to accomplish this, the NLGD Foundation offers room to all disciplines within the games industry that work either directly or indirectly with serious- or entertainment games. Included herein are publishers, developer, but also research organizations, educational institutions and trade and industry. Another goal of the NLGD Foundation is therefore to bring together various perspectives on games. With its activities the NLGD Foundation attracts visitors from all over the world.
About Festival of Games
The Festival of Games is one of the largest professional game festivals in Europe; it sets the stage for the fast growing European game market.
The Festival of Games consists of a main thought leader conference, workshops, a professional expo with a career fair and a serious connection. The event is a platform and a meeting point for the European games community. The festival harnesses Europe's creative power and gives an insight in the unique European approach. Industry, academic and business leaders share and combine their opinions and visions.
The NLGD Festival of Games takes place from June 14-22, 2008, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. For more information, visit the NLGD website at: www.nlgd.nl
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