CMP's Serious Games Summit GDC 2007 to Spotlight the Rapidly Growing Serious Games Industry

Summit Shapes Agenda for the Serious Games Field With Tutorials, Case Studies, and Interactive Group Workshops

PRNewswire
SAN FRANCISCO
Dec 5, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- CMP Technology's Serious Games Summit GDC (SGS GDC), the premier senior-level conference for the creators and commissioners of serious games, has revealed its speakers and session content to be presented during the annual conference. SGS GDC, taking place March 5 - 6 at the Moscone Convention Center North in San Francisco in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference, will present game developers and industry professionals the opportunity to explore the future course of serious games development in areas such as education, government, health, military, science, corporate training, social change, and more.

New to SGS GDC this year are tutorials on best practices for low budget game development, workshops offering tactics for next-generation development of serious games, a dedicated advergaming track, and group meet-ups for key industries in the serious games space. More than 40 sessions covering areas such as learning and instructional theory, game design, business models and deals will be presented.

"The serious games industry is rapidly becoming an important and significant segment within the videogame development community," said Jamil Moledina, executive director of the Game Developers Conference. "The GDC is proud to take a leading stance in this arena and provide our attendees with the most thorough conference program dedicated to serious game development."

"The Serious Games Summit GDC is a wonderful place for the serious games community to access the world's best game developers to take control and generate new ideas, opinion, and buzz around what games and game technologies can do beyond entertainment," said Ben Sawyer, co-founder, Digitalmill, and SGS GDC content chair. "The advisory board is focused on providing a curriculum for serious game developers to use as a platform for reflection and promotion within the greater games community to look at what we can all achieve together through gaming innovation."

Participants will have access to advanced seminars on design, production, implementation, and assessment issues related to serious games, as well as case studies on game-based solutions and simulations used within non-entertainment industries. Additionally, they can attend the annual Serious Games Summit GDC Reception on Monday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. to network with game developers and industry professionals from around the world.

The Serious Games Summit Advisory Board is made up of distinguished professionals in the education, government, military, and corporate fields, including:

*  Jerry Bush, program manager, Cisco Systems
*  Ian Bogost, Ph.D., founding partner, Persuasive Games
*  Jan Cannon-Bowers, Ph.D., associate professor, University of Central
Florida School of Film and Digital Media,
*  Warren Currell, president, Sherpa Games Inc.
*  Noah Falstein, president, The Inspiracy
*  James Paul Gee, Ph.D., professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
*  Mark Long, Co-CEO and executive producer, Zombie
*  Elaine M. Raybourn, Ph.D., research scientist, Sandia National
Laboratory

The speaker line-up, session descriptions, and registration are now available online at http://sgs.gdconf.com/. Press registration is also currently open.

More than 12,500 game industry professionals, including 1,000 members of the working press, will convene during GDC, the world's largest games industry-only event dedicated to the advancement of resources, tools, and technologies used to create interactive entertainment. The GDC features more than 300 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts.

About the CMP Game Group (http://www.cmpgame.com/)

A core provider of essential information to the professional game industry, the CMP Game Group offers market-defining content, and drives community through the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, the Webby Award-winning Gamasutra.com, the Serious Games Summit D.C., GDC Mobile, GDC Europe, the Independent Games Festival, the Game Developers Choice Awards, GDC London, the London Games Summit, GDCTV, GDCRadio, and the GDC Focus On event series. For more information, please visit http://www.cmpgame.com/.

About CMP Technology (http://www.cmp.com/)

CMP Technology is a marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP has earned the confidence of more technology professionals than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Technology is a subsidiary of United Business Media (http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com/), a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

SOURCE: CMP Game Group

CONTACT: Craig Sinel of fortyseven communications, +1-323-658-1200,
craig@fortyseven.com, for CMP Game Group; or Ellen Holbrook of CMP Technology,
+1-415-947-6219, eholbrook@cmp.com

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