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A Summer of Industry Events on the Radar

Siggraph 2009 LogoThis summer is set to be a productive one in the world of casual, educational and serious games. Set to welcome over 2000 industry professionals, Casual Connect Seattle 2009 will take place from July 21-23, 2009, in Seattle, WA.

The major casual gaming conference features a keynote appearance from Jeremy Lewis of Big Fish Games and Tom Prata of Nintendo of America. Some sessions will touch on the relationship between casual and social games, the mobile and Xbox LIVE Arcade game market, as well as several sessions relating to the development and marketing of casual games. Click here to view the full conference schedule. Read More...

Running from July 29 through August 2, the 14th International Conference on Computer Games will be taking place in Louisville, KY. The event will feature a keynote presentation on recession-proof game development by Dr. L. Miguel Encarnaçäo, Director of Emerging Technology Applications at the Humana Innovation Center. The detailed program for the conference has not yet been released, but topics are set to include artificial intelligence, animation, mobile, interactive multimedia, as well as educational and serious games.

As part of Siggraph 2009, taking place from August 3-7 in New Orleans, LA, a special session titled Supporting Social and Persuasive Play is scheduled on August 4. The session will present a few papers discussing the impact of these types of games in raising awareness and influencing players.

Another interesting conference scheduled from August 13-15, in Olso, Norway will be focusing on the philosophical aspects of computer game studies. The Philosophy of Computer Games 2009 will notably discuss the place of games as art such as the case of the PlayStation Network hit Flower. It will also touch on video game as simulations of real-world events and the blurring between fiction and reality and the concept of virtual entities such as in massive multiplayer online games. Finally, presentations will also discuss the place of morality and philosophy within video games such as Fallout 3.

Lastly, from August 17-19 in Cologne, Germany is the European edition of the Game Developers Conference. The high profile event will feature loads of sessions, including some related to stereoscopic 3D games, mobile and iPhone game development and the challenges of creating highly compressed games for platforms such as WiiWare. Be sure to check out Game Forward for coverage related to these and other topics over the course of the summer.