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Be a Nerd, Geek and Dweeb

This past week I attended the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), in Austin Texas. I was attending because I was one of 1200 staff and faculty members from around the country that received a NISOD award in excellence. My award was for teaching excellence. Although much of the conference was focused on …

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Siggraph 2010 – Day 2

Okay so day two stared with a speaking session on “Stylized Rendering in Games” this talk discussed why some game developers stray away from photo realistic style and do something out of the box. One example was the new X-box live game “Monday Night Combat”, which puts a whimsical spin on first person shooters. This …

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AGDC Day 4

Day 4 of AGDC is career day. Today’s sessions are all sponsored by the Game Career Guide magazine and focus on getting into the industry.

The keynote speaker for the day was from Play Fish a company that makes Facebook games. They talked about how they made a free to play game in Facebook, where you create a character, and your own space and the invite your friends into the game to visit your space.

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AGDC Day 3

Day three at AGDC started with the keynote speakers, who presented on the Blizzard work flow. The session focused on the team breakdown for the WOW franchise. They broke down how each departments are broken down into different teams. Teams have a narrow focus and typically consist of 5-8 people. After lunch, we attended a …

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AGDC Day 2

Day two at AGDC started with a session on Premium Flash Games. The talked focused on developing high quality flash games for profit. They also pushed the idea of selling in game items instead of subscriptions. Good gameplay, open ended story social networking all make for good flash games. Another talk I attended was on …

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