East Coast Game Conference Celebrates Eleven Years with Keynotes From Games Industry Veterans Adam Sessler and Warren Robinett



East Coast Game Conference (ECGC), the largest gathering of video game professionals on the east coast, returns for an impressive eleventh year to the Raleigh Convention Center. From April 16th to 18th, ECGC 2019 will connect some of the greatest minds in the industry through networking opportunities, keynotes, and panels from industry leaders, and engaging programs.

ECGC has announced the attendance of two industry icons who will serve as keynote speakers at this year’s show: Adam Sessler and Warren Robinett.

“We’re thrilled once again to bring interactive entertainment professionals together to build capacity within an industry for which we all share a strong passion,” said Walter Rotenberry, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of East Coast Games Conference. “We have a thriving community of interactive entertainment games industry professionals flocking to the event, this year's show is poised to be the best one yet.”

“Every year we work to bring the best and brightest from the industry, and this year is no different.” Troy Knight, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of East Coast Games Conference. “This year’s lineup of speakers, including Adam Sessler and Warren Robinett, is sure to inspire all in attendance.”

Best known for his strong opinions, offbeat sense of humor, and deep desire to explain and open up the pleasures of games to a wider audience, Sessler became one of the most recognizable faces of the industry. Formerly a host of television shows Gamespot TV, Extended Play, and X-Play, and editor-in-chief of Rev3Games, Sessler left the camera altogether and used his experience to start a consulting company, TheoryHead Inc. He also is the co-founder of Spiketrap, an AI-driven analytics/sentiment tool that understands the vernacular of video games.

Warren Robinett is a 40-year veteran of the gaming industry who began his career as a game designer with Atari, where he designed Adventure, the first action-adventure game. He became a VR researcher in 1986, first at NASA Ames Research Center, and later at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During 2003-2012, he was a researcher at HP Labs, studying defect-tolerant computing and memristor-based memory systems. He is currently completing a book, Making the Dragon, about his 1979 Atari game Adventure. His talk, From Atari to Virtual Reality will discuss the first few ricochets in that career path leading to present day.

In addition to ECGC 2019’s featured keynote speakers, leading experts and innovators will give talks and panels throughout the show’s duration on various topics related to emerging areas of the game industry. The list of currently confirmed speakers and topics include the following:

The Ontology Cure: Amazing X-RAY Vision Instantly - Dr. Jeff Howard and Dr. Steve Graham
Narrative Nightmares & Lessons Learned - Olivier Henriot, Jesse Scoble and Drew Holmes
Real-Time Dynamic Cover System for Unreal Engine 4 - David Nadaski
Banishing Player AND Designer Grind with Emergent AI and Procedural Content - Dave Mark
Choice Design For The Masses - Matthew Weise
Cut To The Chase: Writing For Cinematics in Games - Ashley Ruhl
What is Agile? An introduction to modern project management methodologies - Christopher Axthelm
Reinforcement Learning in Games – Creating Self-Learning Agents that can play any game! - James Tiller
Don’t Make Me Wait: Developing for VR with a rapid production cycle - John Corn
Innovation is a Team Sport - Kenneth Hubbell
The Life of a Video Game Story - Annie Reid
Augmented Reality to Improve Pediatric Hospitalizations - Steven King and Dr. Richard Hobbs

For more information about speakers, please visit https://ecgconf.com/home/speakers.


East Coast Game Conference Celebrates Eleven Years with Keynotes From Games Industry Veterans Adam Sessler and Warren Robinett East Coast Game Conference Celebrates Eleven Years with Keynotes From Games Industry Veterans Adam Sessler and Warren Robinett Reviewed by Admin on March 26, 2019 Rating: 5

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