Computer Games Conference

20 September 2006

LJMU stage 4th International Computer Games Conference (FACT, November 15-16 2006)

This year’s Fourth International Game Design and Technology Workshop (GDTW’06) was held in November at the FACT Centre in Liverpool. As always, this conference draws the finest proponents of the gaming industry to Liverpool to talk about all aspects of game development, production, management and research. Keynote speakers this year included Professor Ken Perlin (Director of the Media Research Lab at NYU) who gave a very entertaining talk on embedded behaviours into animated characters.

Ken Perlin delivers his keynote speech at GDTW’06

As expected, this year’s conference was buzzing with discussion on next-gen consoles and lucky delegates managed to get their hands on a pre-release PlayStation 3 console (kindly loaned by Sony Studios Liverpool) and a number Xbox 360 ‘pods’ loaned by Rare/Microsoft Game Studios. Jason Chown from Sony discussed the process of building a PS3 game using his experience leading the development of the Formula 1 series while Nick Burton from Rare/MGS outlined how new roles are being created within game development studios to cope with the demand of nextgen development using Rare as a prime example of this. Look out for the next GDTW conference in November 2007.

Conference organiser Dr Abdennour El Rhalibi said: "Computer games are big business and this conference puts Liverpool, and the University, firmly on the international map as a city bursting with creative talent and in touch with what the computer-based entertainment industry needs."

Keynote speakers were :

  • Professor Ken Perlin, Professor in Computer Science and Director of the Media Research Lab at New York University, USA
  • Jason Della Roca, Chief Executive of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
  • Malte Behrmann, a lawyer specialising in media affairs and Director of the German National Association of Game Developers
  • Dr Gino Yu, Professor at PolyU (Hong Kong), Head of Multimedia Innovation Center and Director of MERECL, Chairman of the Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association
  • Elina M I Koivisto, Games Researcher and Designer, Nokia Research Centre, Finland

The fact that the University has secured such high profile speakers reflects the status of the conference in the international computer entertainment research scene and gaming industry. 

The conference is organised in partnership with Nokia, the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, the ACM Computer in Entertainment Journal, the International Journal of Virtual Reality, the EPSRC and the BCS-HCI Group.

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