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...

Health, Social and Educational Gaming Events on the Radar

Social Gaming Summit LogoConferences and presentations on a number of subjects of interest to Game Forward are scheduled to take place in the next few weeks. On May 23-24, the Canadian Game Studies Association will be holding its 3rd Annual Conference (PDF). The event set at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario will touch on community, identity and social/cultural politics in relation to digital games.

Some sessions will discuss games within educational settings, serious games, virtual worlds and health applications. The conference is held as part of the 2009 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which takes place from May 23-31 at Carleton University. Read More...

Apply Expo and Forum Honours Top Serious and Educational Games

Apply Serious Games LogoTwo video game awards will be presented as part of the 4th Annual Applied Serious Games & Virtual Worlds Expo & Forum, taking place in London, UK on May 7, 2009. Both will be highlighting excellence, awarding some of the year’s most engaging and popular games in the educational and serious games categories.

Voting is open to the public and continues until May 1 to determine the winner in both categories. The awards will be presented at the Forum, on May 7, by Lord Puttnam. The nominees were selected by a jury made up game industry leaders Ian Livingstone of Eidos Interactive, Patrick O'Luanaigh of nDreams  and journalist Steve BoxerRead More...