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Friday 8th March 2013

  1. Games: Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime. to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Friday 8th March

    Raise your hand if you agree with any of these statements: - Gamers are primarily by young or teen boys. - Games are usually played alone in the home on ...

    At Palmer Event Center, Room 4-5 (map)

  2. Games R Art to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Friday 8th March

    Linear narratives and static written words no longer dominate communication. New forms of communication are fundamentally changing the way interactive media producers, including game developers, engage audiences. Success at communicating ...

    At Palmer Event Center, Room 4-5 (map)

Saturday 9th March 2013

  1. Fundraising for Games: A Practical Discussion to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Saturday 9th March

    Over the last 15 years, J Todd Coleman has been a successful entrepreneur and game developer, acting as the creative lead and product head of three large-scale MMOs (Shadowbane, Wizard101 ...

    At Palmer Event Center, Room 4-5 (map)

  2. Scoring Tomb Raider: The Music Behind the Game to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Saturday 9th March

    Tomb Raider is being rebooted for a modern audience and, as such, requires a modern soundtrack. This talk will focus on the score for Tomb Raider. Every aspect will be ...

    At Palmer Event Center, Room 1-2 (map)

  3. Never Give Up, Never Surrender: Tips from the Pros to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Saturday 9th March

    Representatives from some of the hottest independent game companies share the secrets of their success. Get an inside glimpse of starting small to making it big. Learn how they manage ...

    At Palmer Event Center, Room 4-5 (map)

  4. Indy Gaming: Why Publishers Must Evolve or Die to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Saturday 9th March

    The video game business is currently undergoing an upheaval similar to the one that shook the movie business in the 1970s. Enabled by new technologies and new platforms, independently produced ...

    At Palmer Event Center, Room 4-5 (map)

  5. Michael Pachter's Gaming State of the Union 2013 to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Saturday 9th March

    Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities and Pach Attack, will discuss the state of the game industry, including the emergence of mobile and social games, the rise of online multiplayer, what ...

    At Palmer Event Center, Room 1-2 (map)

Sunday 10th March 2013

  1. Designing Games for Realism: What's Real Enough? to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Sunday 10th March

    While the game industry regards realism as a key characteristic of AAA games, research suggests we may be wasting our money. Perceived realism is far more important, varying on dimensions ...

    At Palmer Event Center, Room 4-5 (map)

  2. Shadowrun Returns Sneak Peak to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Sunday 10th March

    Go behind the scenes with the developers of Shadowrun Returns, the Kickstarter crowdfunding phenomenon. Shadowrun Returns is a story-based tactical role-playing game for PC, Mac, and Android & iOS Tablets.

    At Palmer Event Center (map)

  3. Taking Social Games from Pink to Blue to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Sunday 10th March

    Approximately 55% of women are playing social games online, but what about the men? The social games genre has typically been geared towards the female player, but a new era ...

    At Palmer Event Center, Room 4-5 (map)

  4. Bisected Realities: ParaNorman's 2-Bit Bub Game to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Sunday 10th March

    What happens when you combine the visions of advertising agency, W+K and game designer, Graeme Devine. Advertisers have discovered games: they can be cheaper than TV spots, produce lots of ...

    At Hyatt Regency Austin, Texas Ballroom 5-7 (map)

  5. Breathing New Life into PC Games & Space Sims to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Sunday 10th March

    In the 1990s space sims and high end PC games were synonymous with the name, Chris Roberts. Roberts made his mark in the games industry with legendary and groundbreaking computer ...

    At Palmer Event Center (map)

  6. Democratization of Publishing: Survive & Thrive to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Sunday 10th March

    The publishing industry is evolving as authors, indie app and game creators and musicians are empowered to self-publish and distribute real time, on demand content to millions of potential customers. ...

    At Omni Downtown, Capital Ballroom (map)

  7. Zombies, Run! Transforming Fitness, Games & Story to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Sunday 10th March

    Everyone wants to be fitter. The trouble is making yourself exercise. Some systems use 'gamification' to turn exercise into points, and set targets and 'win' conditions. Zombies, Run! takes a ...

    At Palmer Event Center, Room 4-5 (map)

Monday 11th March 2013

  1. Puzzle Clubhouse: Secrets of Crowdsourcing to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Monday 11th March

    Puzzle Clubhouse is Schell Games' grand experiment in crowdsourced game development. In this talk, Jesse Schell will explain what his team has learned about voting, community management, and how to ...

    At Hyatt Regency Austin, Texas Ballroom 5-7 (map)

Tuesday 12th March 2013

  1. What Does Guitar Hero Have to Do with Your Health? to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Tuesday 12th March

    Everyone wants to get healthier. New solutions arrive daily. Yet the challenge isn't getting people to try new things and start new habits but getting them to stick with them. ...

    At Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Creekside (map)

  2. Bing Gordon: Gaming and the Future of TV to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Tuesday 12th March

    The gaming console has done more to evolve TV than any other technological innovation in a generation, with Xbox Live, PS3 and Nintendo Wii U providing gateways into the home ...

    At Hyatt Regency Austin, Texas Ballroom 5-7 (map)

  3. Parsing Reality: Shaping Play with Connected Stuff to

    Solo / Dual / Panel on Tuesday 12th March

    This panel will explore how our actual lives and everyday stuff are becoming the most interesting platform for gaming. We'll discuss, from different perspectives, the ways games are shaping our ...

    At Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin-Town Lake, Town Lake Ballroom (map)