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SpeakersAlexander Macris is co-founder, president, and CEO of Themis Group. In addition to providing the company's leadership and directing its key client engagements, he has served as editor-in-chief of the Themis Report, founder and the publisher of The Escapist magazine, and designer of the award-winning mini-game Heroes Mini. Prior to Themis, he was founder and CEO of WarCry Network, a community destination for entertainment enthusiasts, which he grew to over 1 million monthly users.

He is a graduate magna cum laude of Harvard Law School, where he authored a study on the effects of game design on community growth. Credits include Game Media Publisher (The Escapist Magazine, WarCry Network, Themis Report 2002, 2004); Game Designer (Heroes Mini, Settlers Mini, Death Star Designer); Game Publisher (Road Wars, Capitalism Plus, Seven Kingdoms: Ancient Adversaries); Game Consultant/Marketer (Fury, Neocron, Rubies of Eventide, Anarchy Online, Pirates of the Burning Seas, Underlight, Wish, Time of Defiance, Saga of Ryzom, Pocket Kingdom, Jumpgate, Gods & Heroes, Phantasy Star Universe, Driver: Parallel Lines, American Conquest, Blitzkrieg, Breed, Combat Mission 2, Project Nomads, Heroes of Might & Magic V, Star Wars Lethal Alliance).

He will present on:

Gamer Snacks - How to Profit from Bite-Sized Entertainment that Attracts Hardcore Gamers

Check out more information about Alex and our other speakers under our Speakers section.

Posted by: Tracy Schmeltzer - 11/15/07 @ 12:48AM
ExhibitorsCarolina Games Summit is excited to announce a new aspect to our event.  BANDS!  We can confirm the addition of Select Start.  They will be performing in our 400 person auditorium.

Select Start is the band that will bring your favorite Video Game moments to life with their live renditions of old and new Video Game music.  The six-member band uses their classical music and rock ‘n roll background to create a unique and versatile sound.  By combining their love of Video Games and Music, they are able to give all gamers and music fans an experience they will never forget.  Armed with two violins, a cello, flute, guitar, and keyboard these six have performed in conventions all across the state, trying to show the world the amazing sounds of the game. 

You can check them out at:
 www.selectstartband.com or www.myspace.com/selectstartband.com.

Keep checking back we’re working on adding more bands to the list.

SpeakersJoel Gonzales is an engineer at 1st Playable Productions in Troy, NY. Before then, he received his Master's degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During his time there, he played a major part in helping the university be the first in the state of Louisiana to offer courses in video game design & production. His credits include a serious game called "A Force More Powerful" as well as a kids game "GoPets: Vacation Island. " He enjoys long walks on the beach.

About 1st Playable Productions, LLC:

1st Playable Productions, LLC is an independent game development studio with a focus on handheld games for kids. We're here to make fun and great looking games! Games that build, not exploit, the entertainment brands that they represent. We love finding ways to get more out of limited game platforms, and are a licensed developer for Nintendo Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Xbox, as well as other embedded game platforms.

NewsCarolina Games Summit will be exhibiting at the triangle’s first video game techonolgy showcase and career fair set for November 17th.   The Triangle’s video game community is experiencing robust growth, in part due to the unprecedented collaboration between private sector companies and the region’s internationally-acclaimed universities.

The region’s top video game companies are coming together for the first time to offer a first-hand look at the technologies that are driving the future of digital entertainment worldwide. .

Admission is free so come join us November 17th from 10 am-5pm at One Eleven Place,111 Realtors Way, Cary, North Carolina. Visit www.Trianglegameinitiative.org for more information

 

NewsPre-register online and reserve your spot at this year's Carolina Games Summit. General admission tickets went on sale this week at the price of $10. This includes registration for one official tournament and access to all the speakers, exhibits, and free-play gaming you can handle! Buying your ticket online will also give you access to pre-registered members-only Web content that includes private forums and additional features.

Pre-registered members will be able to register for tournaments online beginning December 1st. Keep visting carolinagamessummit.com for all the latest news and information on our upcoming event.

 
Exhibitors The U.S. Army Mission Support Battalion will again be exhibiting at this year's event. They bring with them a unique simulation system that must be experienced by all attendees and was a huge hit last year. Their exhibit will include an 18-wheel tractor-trailer that is a self-contained and climate controlled “Adventure Van.”

The Army Adventure Van incorporates several exhibits into one. While the specifics of the particular van appearing at the expo are unknown some example experiences may include flying or firing weapons on a helicopter, testing your skills and accuracy in operating an Abrams tank, or improving your marksmanship in firing an M9 on a simulated targeting system.

All experiences are simulated but with the realism required to prepare troops for real world combat.

News Phi Beta Lambda, a business club associated with Wayne Community College,  will host its third annual gaming event on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. The event, slated for 10 a.m. to 9p.m. at the college, will utilize a new branding identity that portrays the events regional growth both in attendance, press coverage, and industry penetration.

 
The effort, which began before the January 2007 event, is a fundamental shift in Phi Beta Lambda’s approach to the market. “Goldsboro Gaming Expo, in just two years, received unprecedented growth and exposure by bringing attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors from North Carolina to California and Florida all the way to Michigan,” said Michael Everett, III Creative Director for the event. “The new branding will establish a stronger emotional connection with our core audience and strengthen our overall position in the marketplace."
 
The new brand identity involves changing the event name from the widely recognized Goldsboro Gaming Expo to Carolina Games Summit and includes a new tagline, “Videogame Development and Tournaments Unite”. This tagline expresses our mission to bring together casual gamers, electronic sports enthusiasts, current/potential game designers, and their family members. The new name illustrates our commitment to promoting the North Carolina videogame industry, which recently grew to include both Destineer and Electronic Arts. A new website has been launched and is currently available for viewing at www.carolinagamessummit.com. 
Posted by: Michael Everett - 01/29/07 @ 1:26AM

News With the crew still cleaning up from this year's expo and numerous news stories and press reporting on the success of this event we will attempt to keep you updated with links and footage.

The first of which is a front page story on www.wnct.com Eyewitness News 9's website.  Please email us with more links to other news stories you hear about our expo.

Click here for a direct link to the Channel 9 footage.

Tournaments After our official tournaments were already locked in we added a new set of sponsors and two whole rooms of high end computers.  These tournaments will be run by a third party and will all be free the day of the event. 

Prizes will be supplied by the new sponsors who will also be exhibiting for the day.

Here are the games we will be offering for open-play and pick-up tournaments . . .

Unreal 2k4
Quake4
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
WarCraft 3: Defense of the Ancients (DoTA)
Age of Empires 3: The WarChiefs

We will have Steam on about 20 systems, so if people want to play other Valve games during any open-gaming sessions, they'll probably be able to.

Schedule of Activities (note: this is a not a set schedule):

FPS Room:
11am - - UT2k4 Instagib FFA
1pm - - HL2DM FFA
2:30pm - - Quake4 Instagib FFA
4pm - - UT2k4 DM FFA
6:30pm - - HL2DM FFA
7:30pm - - Product Raffle(s) on main stage
8pm - - Quake4 DM FFA

RTS Room:
11am - - DoTA
2:30pm - - AoE3
7:30pm - - Product Raffle(s) on main stage
8pm - - DoTA

Posted by: riplox Berens - 01/24/07 @ 1:33AM

PrizesAll Limited Edition 2007 13 Month GameStop/EB Games calendars are now spoken for. 

Calendars will be distributed during check in procedures the day of the event. Simply bring your PayPal ticket receipt and mention this promotion to receive your calendar(s).  All tickets purchased on or before January 23rd will receive a free calendar per ticket purchased!

These calendars feature full color artwork from unreleased titles including Halo 3, Virtua Fighter 5, Bioshock, and Madden 2008. Valued at $12.99 each, you get one free with every ticket purchased online, while supplies last!

Miss the promotion? Purchase your calendar online today by clicking here.

News

The International Game Developers Association is a non-profit professional society that is committed to advancing the careers and enhancing the lives of game developers by connecting members with their peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on issues that affect the developer community. For more information on the IGDA, please visit www.igda.org or e-mail info@igda.org.

The Triangle Chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) will hold a networking social from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the Wayne Learning Center.  All IGDA members will be admitted into G2Expo for free to attend this evening session. Simply display your individual IGDA membership cards or proof of membership in good standing at the front desk.  The session is also open to all expo attendees.

Interact with game developers from most all of the North Carolina game development community.

Click here to visit the North Carolina Triangle IGDA Website.

Posted by: Leanna Greene - 01/07/07 @ 12:44AM
The drink of choice for video gamers everywhere will host a huge on-site exhibit complete with gaming lounge and thousands of BAWLS bottles to keep gamers energized all day (and night) long!

BAWLS is the brainchild of entrepreneur Hoby Buppert, CEO of Hobarama, LLC, who named the drink for the caffeinated bounce it packs. Widely distributed to local super markets, convenience stores (7-Eleven), Target Superstores, CompUSA stores and gaming venues; BAWLS is a premium, non-alcoholic, carbonated beverage made from the guarana berry harvested in the Amazonian Rainforest.

The caffeine found in BAWLS Guarana contains the same amount of caffeine as coffee and nearly three times that of traditional sodas due to a naturally occurring form of the stimulant found in the guarana berry. BAWLS’ unique refreshing flavor tastes like a citrus infused cream soda and its popularity continues to grow over a variety of different sectors including financial institutions, the fashion industry, technology businesses, military bases, extreme sports and college campuses. For more information, please visit www.bawls.com.

Posted by: Michael Everett - 01/02/07 @ 11:23AM
ExhibitorsVisit booth #70462 / #70463 to pick up a G2Expo flyer from our newest partner, Tagan Technology Co.

Also don’t miss “Understanding the Female Gamer” a session held on January 9th moderated by Ismini Boinodiris Roby Co-Founder of WomenGamers.com.  Ismini will be hosting a similar session at G2Expo this year.  WomenGamers.com has been a media partner and sponsor of G2Expo since our first event February 4th 2006.

The 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 8-11, marks the 40th anniversary of the world's largest annual tradeshow for consumer technology and America's largest annual tradeshow of any kind.  Over 140,000 attendees will explore the over 1.6 million square feet of exhibition space to learn about the latest products and services from nearly 2,700 exhibitors.

For Tagan Technology booth details click here.

For “Understanding the Female Gamer” session details click here.

PrizesReceive a Limited Edition 2007 13 Month GameStop/EB Games calendar for each ticket purchased online.

These calendars feature full color artwork from unreleased titles including Halo 3, Virtua Fighter 5, Bioshock, and Madden 2008. Valued at $12.99 each, you get one free with every ticket purchased online, while supplies last!

Supplies are limited so purchase your tickets today! Calendars will be disbursed during check in procedures the day of the event. Simply bring your PayPal ticket receipt and mention this promotion to receive your calendar(s).

Miss the promotion? Purchase your calendar online today by clicking here.

Posted by: Leanna Greene - 12/30/06 @ 3:33PM
NewsPick up the January 2007 Game Informer magazine and turn to page fifty. Their January 2007 calendar, usually reserved for game release dates, features G2Expo on the 27th.

The entry reads, “Held at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC, this gaming expo may not get a lot of attention, but it certainly has a ton to offer. In addition to dozens of gaming tournaments, you’ll hear from a number of interesting speakers.”

With over 2 million subscribers Game Informer is the #1 computer and video game magazine.
Posted by: Leanna Greene - 12/29/06 @ 4:46PM
Speakers Today we introduce our newest G2Expo 2006 speaker footage of Rafael Chandler, entitled “The Future of Narrative in Games”.

This video takes a look into the writing and composing processes.

From the two different concepts of myth versus logic story lines as well as the different styles someone may have of stringing a storyboard together.

He even delves slightly into the next generation of consoles and the work that they bring with them as well as the benefits.

Rafael Chandler is the Creative Director of Media Sunshine Inc., a company that provides consulting services to game developers and publishers.  Prior to that, he worked for Ubisoft as a writer/designer on the Tom Clancy series of games.

This is another in depth look into the video game industry that isn’t worth missing!  Click here to see the video.

Posted by: Michael Everett - 12/10/06 @ 12:40PM
We have begun updating our exhibitor’s page for the upcoming event!  You can now find company information, booth information, and more.  Exhibitors will be on site the day of the event to answer your questions face to face!

The first round of additions includes Charles River Media, Neogence Studios, the School of Communication Arts, Thomson Course Technology, Ultimate Duck Hunting, and the US Army.  We have many more companies to add so keep checking back for more info!
Posted by: Leanna Greene - 11/15/06 @ 11:13AM
Speakers Today we release our newest speaker footage from G2Expo'06.  It features Heather Chandler; she is a multimedia producer with ten years of experience.

Her company, Media Sunshine, Inc. was founded in 2005. Chandler is also the author of such titles as The Game Localization Handbook and The Game Production Handbook.

This video goes into the detailed process of what a game producer does and the steps that have to be taken in order to make the game successful. Each process of pre-production, production, testing, and after production is thoroughly broken down.

At the end of this speech is a question and answer session. Perhaps even one of your own questions appears!

Posted by: Leanna Greene - 11/13/06 @ 10:37PM
SpeakersTimothy Buie's footage from G2Expo'06 was recently released and is available in our event footage section.  This is just a small taste of his entire presentation.

Timothy Buie is an assistant professor in the College of Design at North Carolina State University. He’s been working in the Industrial Design Department for ten years and occasionally teaches an art and design class.

Introducing us to the world of games through scholastics; he teaches classes such as digital imaging and ID400 Real and Modeling & Animation and is proposing more classes such as ID292 which would cover game design, the phenomenon of games, and the inner makings of a game.

Buie states that he has been seeing a lack of creativity in video games. His students have the creativity it just needs to be harvested. Working together the students create games and in his opinion certainly know how to make things and make them appealing to the masses!

The students learn to how to draw and draw a lot. Everything starts with and idea and then moves into the pitch. A ton of hard work is involved to design, create, and produce a demo. The end of the clip gives a vibrant example of the outcome once everything is followed through.

To get a more in depth feel, check out of the video!

Posted by: Michael Everett - 10/26/06 @ 10:49PM
Prizes Charles River Media is the premier publisher of books supporting the game development, game programming, game art, and game design communities.

They will exhibit along side Thomson Course Technology at this year’s expo. In addition they will be donating books to be given away as door prizes.

We would like to thank both Charles River Media and Thomson Course Technology for supporting game development and G2Expo.

Click here to visit Charles River Media’s list of game development related titles.

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