Thursday, May 04, 2006

Upcoming Events & Conferences

Hear the industry's top creatives speak about their upcoming games, including Spore designer Will Wright, God of War 2 lead David Jaffe, and Metal Gear Solid 4 creator Hideo Kojima.


CLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies presents
“Girls ’n’ Games”
Tuesday, May 9, 2:30–6 PM
at the Expermental Digital Arts (EDA) space in the North Kinross Building, Suite 104, 1100 Kinross Blvd in Westwood- Reception to follow

The conference will be streamed LIVE at

At the wake of the world's largest trade show on electronic entertainment - where are the women and what do they want? On May 9, UCLA will host a conference focusing on girls’ and women’s participation in game design and play.

Associate professor Yasmin Kafai from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies along with MIT professor Henry Jenkins; Brenda Laurel, chair of the Graduate Media Design Program at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.; Nichol Bradford, global director of strategic growth at Vivendi Universal Games; and a variety of gaming experts from Europe, Asia and North America will participate.

“Girls ’n’ Games” Schedule:

Games for and by Girls -- moderated by Brenda Laurel, Art Center + Jill Denner, ETR Associates
Mary Flanagan, NYU
Tracy Fullerton, USC
Nicole Pinkard, University of Michigan
Jen Sun, Numedeon Inc.

Girl Games International -- moderated by Justine Cassell, Northwestern University + Yasmin Kafai UCLA
Mimi Ito, USC
Daniel James, Three Rings Inc.
Holin Lin, National Taiwan University
TL Taylor, IT University Copenhagen

Girl Gamers -- moderated by Henry Jenkins, MIT + Carrie Heeter, Michigan State University
Betty Hayes, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nicole Lazzaro, Xeodesign
Celia Pearce, UC Irvine
Morgan Romine, Fragdolls Ubisoft

To register for the conference, please email by May 4th your contact info to girlsngames AT gseis DOT ucla DOT edu For more info, go to:

Metrowest MA Regional Library System Presents
"Get Your Game On" at Olin College, Needham MA
Monday May 22, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM

80% of the population under age 30 is doing it, and the average age of the gamer is 29 and rising! The needs of the gamer generation is proving to be a challenge to librarians. Please join us for a full day of speakers and events focusing on digital storytelling, new media and new literacies, and gaming @ your library.

Constance Steinkuehler will talk about media literacy practices entailed in massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs), Craig Davis will showcase Youth Digital Arts Cyber School programs and courses, and Beth Gallaway will discuss strategies on serving gamers and how gaming meshes with new literacies. Come for the whole day or any part.

Please bring a brown bag lunch; Metrowest will provide beverages.

9:30 Coffee
9:45-11:15 Constance Steinkueler
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:45 Beth Gallaway
12:45-1:45 Lunch
2:00-3:15 Craig Davis
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-4:30 Beth Gallaway

Enrollment limit: none
Instructors: Constance Steinkuehler, Craig Davis, Beth Gallaway
Location: Olin Center Auditorium, Franklin W. Olin College, Olin Way Needham MA

Register online at

Get Your Game On is FREE for members of MA regional library systems - non-members may contact Beth Gallaway at informationgoddess29 AT gmail DOT com.

GenCon presents Video Games Live (concert)
August 11 & 12 2006
8 PM Hilbert Circle Theatre
Tickets on sale May 22nd

Fan Expo presents Video Games Live (concert)
8 PM Toronto, Canada, Massey Hall
Tickets on sale tba

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