June 9, 2008
SMU hosts video game industry summit
Student-created games on exhibit
DALLAS (SMU) – Video game industry leaders and educators from across the country will meet at Southern Methodist University on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 10–11, to address what many experts say is the video game industry’s number one problem – a critical shortage of skilled professionals.
Dr. Peter Raad
Dr. Peter Raad is an engineering professor and
Executive Director of The Guildhall at SMU.
The summit, which is being held in SMU's Hughes-Trigg Student Center, will address such issues as teaching methodologies, starting a game development program, core curriculum topics, research collaboration and increasing diversity.
Featured speakers for the event will include Colleen McCreary of Electronic Arts, the world’s largest interactive entertainment software company, as well as Mark Meyers of Disney Interactive, Warren Spector of Junction Point Studios, Mark Danks of Sony Computer Entertainment, Frank Savage of Microsoft, Donald Marinelli of Carnegie Mellon University, and Peter Raad of The Guildhall at SMU.
The summit also will include a "living classroom," where attendees can try out games developed by students of The Guildhall at SMU from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the West Ballroom on the lower level of Hughes-Trigg. The Guildhall at SMU is a graduate-level video game design program that has won accolades for its collaborative working relationships with industry leaders and its ability to place extraordinary numbers of graduates into the gaming industry.
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