Newell tosses DICE keynote

Valve cofounder tapped to deliver opening remarks on "entertainment as a service" for AIAS' annual developer conference.

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' DICE Summit traditionally attracts a ranging guest list of influential game-industry luminaries to its annual hobnobber in Las Vegas. Be that as it may, the AIAS tapped outsider Gore Verbinski to deliver last year's opening keynote address, in which the Pirates of the Caribbean director advocated "madness" to bust open the doors of game design.

Gabe Newell

This year, the AIAS is playing its speaker series a bit closer to home. The industry organization has announced that Valve cofounder and president Gabe Newell will be on hand to deliver this year's opening remarks. Newell, whose company has not only produced such hit properties as Half-Life, Portal, and Left 4 Dead but also launched the highly regarded online distribution platform Steam, is expected to focus his presentation on "entertainment as a service."

This year's DICE Summit will return to the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, and run from February 17-19. The event will also play home to the Interactive Achievement Awards, which will again be hosted by comedian Jay Mohr. Last month, the AIAS announced nominees for this year's awards categories, with Sony's PlayStation 3-exclusive Little Big Planet garnering 10 nods.

The full lineup of announced speakers is listed below.

Dan Bilson, THQ
Chris Cao, Sony Online Entertainment
N'Gai Croal, Newsweek
Michael Denny, Sony Corp. EU
Anita Frazier, NPD Research
Julianne Greer, The Escapist
Lars Gustavsson, D.I.C.E. Studios/EA
Michael Haigh, SCE Worldwide Studios
Mona Hamilton, Capcom
Rich Hilleman, Electronic Arts
Todd Howard, Bethesda Studios
Geoff Keighley, Spike TV
Alex Laurent, LucasArts/ILM
Ralph Osterhout, Serial Inventor
David Perry, Acclaim Entertainment
Ted Price, Insomniac Games
J. Paul Raines, GameStop
John Riccitiello, Electronic Arts
Seth Schiesel, New York Times
Bruce Shelley, Ensemble Studios
Mike Snider, USA Today
Jun Takeuchi, Capcom
Chris Taylor, Gas Powered Games

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29 comments
Fady117
Fady117

oh hell, all those ppl from THQ, Capcom, EA, Bethesda, Ensemble........ yo!! im coming with a box full of t-shirts!!!!! :P :P :P :P

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

Oh look it's the idiot who dosn't like the PS3, his problems with it is the way games have to be developed and I do believe he says its not powerful enough yeah right look at KillZone 2 and Uncharted 2. KZ 2 using 60% of PS3's power and U2 is supposedly using more can't stand devs who moan about how a machine games needs to be programmed. Your a game dev your supposed to tackle challenges moron.

uberjannie
uberjannie

hibikino ; for the PC version of L4D there have been TONS of patches.

bluefishhead
bluefishhead

just cuz the dude is fat doesn't mean hes gun die, hes not even that fat, there are much fatter people who live to be well old

hibikino
hibikino

so, how about that Left 4 Dead patch you've promised?

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

Maybe someone could ask Gabe about his attitude towards patching console games - and maybe after 15 months where the TF2 update/patch is. Getting a reliable date out of Valve is like trying to nail down jello

Skullcandy
Skullcandy

zzzzzzz...wha? Did I miss something? Oh, nope.

kevinsyel
kevinsyel

I have the same sentiments as Beckoflight... beckoflight Posted Feb 3, 2009 2:31 am PT ough GABE i forgot ... man do something to loose weight because if you die from a heart attack or something EA will destroy your company ! PEACE !!! -------------- Gabe needs to be healthy enough to live. We need his luminescent games!

uberjannie
uberjannie

Give us the Left 4 Dead SDK so that we can make more versus campaigns, NOW!

0678
0678

gnbfd Posted Feb 4, 2009 7:07 am GMT -12 The only thing that could make Valve better is Gabe Newell leaving/dying. And actually trying to develop for PS3... not valves fault the ps3 wont play nice with there programmers.

gnbfd
gnbfd

The only thing that could make Valve better is Gabe Newell leaving/dying. And actually trying to develop for PS3...

Dr_Bob_UK
Dr_Bob_UK

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thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Yes..Yes... thats all lovely and fluffy, but all i wanna know is where is HalfLife 2 E3?????????????

beckoflight
beckoflight

ough GABE i forgot ... man do something to loose weight because if you die from a heart attack or something EA will destroy your company ! PEACE !!!

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Newell and Taylor are the only ones I could really look forward to.

Cardigan1
Cardigan1

his company is one of the best in the industry. i still play half life 2 and L4D is the most intense shooter of last year.

mr_mega_drive
mr_mega_drive

Gabe is God, Half-life is the greatest game ever made....just hope he slips in a date for episode 3.........................

ihopNESS
ihopNESS

Interesting Hopefully we'll Get To hear what Gabe Has to say

vgm007
vgm007

Gabe Newell - great man, looking forward to his opening remarks. Jay Mohr hosting the IAAs... not so much.

technowiz999
technowiz999

wow actually a few names I recognize from that list, very nice!

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Will gamespot be giving audio of all the talks?

Vainamoinen82
Vainamoinen82

That is quite an impressive resume that Mr. Newell has, good choice for opening keynote address imo.