Serious Games Summit touts keynote speakers

Philip Rosedale, Jesper Juul will kick off two-day event at this year's GDC.

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The Game Developers Conference has never shied away from topics that expand upon the mind-set that pegs the game industry as one that cares only for its movie tie-ins and first-person shooters.

Some might even go so far as to say GDC is the thinking-person's trade show. Attendees can be the judge of that positioning, but adding to that branding is word today from the event's owner and producer, the CMP Game Group--the organization announced today the Serious Games Summit keynote speakers and highlights of the summit's sessions.

Opening the Serious Games Summit, a component of the main GDC event, will be presentations from Linden Lab founder and CEO Philip Rosedale and author and keeper of blog The Ludologist, Jesper Juul.

Linden Lab's marquee product is the virtual-world game Second Life. Juul is the editor of the Game Studies journal and author of Half-Real: Video Games Between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds (MIT Press, 2005).

GDC director Jamil Moledina called serious games "an increasingly viable option for many sectors, especially corporate training and education," in a statement today. "As game creators develop better tools and apply the solutions more broadly, they have a larger arena to make impactful serious games."

Event highlights, according to organizers, include the following sessions and speakers:

Advergaming, Game-Based Messaging, and Marketing
Ian Bogost, Persuasive Games

Serious Games Tutorial: Core Approaches for Serious Game Project Success
Ben Sawyer, Cofounder, Digitalmill

Better (Serious) Game Design: As Lecture and Practice
Noah Falstein, The Inspiracy

Human to Virtual Human
Nigel Papworth, Lulea University of Technology
Business Model Blasts
Doug Whatley, BreakAway Games Ltd.
Eric Marcoullier, Cyberlore Studio
Ntiedo Etuk, Tabula Digita Inc.

New Interfaces for Serious Games: Case Study Blasts
Juha Arrasvuori, Nokia
Domenic Greco, CyberLearning Technology LLC
Jeff Ridenour, University of California, Irvine
Nigel Papworth, Lulea University of Technology

Mass Audience Issues for Serious Games
Suzanne Seggerman, Games for Change
Carl Goodman, Digital Media at the Museum of Moving Image
Katie Salen, Parsons School of Design
Connie Yowell, MacArthur Foundation
Karen Sideman

A Corporate Learning Consortium Looks at Games
Mark Oehlert, MASIE Center Learning Consortium
Brent Schlenker, Intel

Real Teachers: Real Games
Speaker: Kurt Squire, University of Wisconsin

The summit will take place March 20 and 21 at the Marriott Hotel, adjacent to the Convention Center, in San Jose.

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Hmmm the talk of BLOGS and the name of the summit: SERIOUS GAMES...reminds me of somthig ...but I just cant quite put my finger on it?....

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i'll just keep waiting for e3.

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YaY

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I don't know for good it, or for bad, but it's not for gamers...

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interesting

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Great stuff, great stuff...

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I don't know who any of these people are either, but usually there are some good wrap up articles.

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When are they going to unveil the final Xbox 360 web camera? They may do it one of these things, probably not, but maybe.

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Check all the interesting comments and industry bashing that come out of this thing. If your into reading about how key insiders feel about the current state of things then keep an eye out for speeches from the GDC. I love 'em and still remember all the talk about how hard programing for the next-gen was gonna be.... now well get to hear about how right/wrong they were. I hope they address the Hot Coffey Mod and how to get things rolling in the Adult market. You would think that these guys would just know what kind of cash cow is just there for the taking. Come on guy's.... get someone to do it and do it right before someone ruins it even more than the Guy Game or the overly unsexual Rock Star mod!

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I dont know who any of these people are, but the conference sounds interesting.

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And its also a Private show, I think its good that Serious Games is still active. People should understand they don't make these games for civilian Entertainment.

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Do you have the slightest idea what you're talking about? The GDC is the Game. Developer. Conferance. It's not meant to introduce games; it's not a show like the E3. It's for developers, industry speculation, and discussions of the gaming artform. It is not specifically designed to attract salivating fans.

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Well it could be of intrestest to gamers inderectly

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Seems like nothing big.

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Based upon the line-up of speakers, GDC sounds like something to see.

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Seems like another Pre E3 thing. As a player i dont really see its importance because its not like any games are going to be announced. But im sure some one will learn something new.

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