WIZARD WORLD AND GENESE DAVIS PRESENT:
WHAT VIDEO GAMES CAN TEACH PANEL
SATURDAY, MAY 31, 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Advocating for a learner-centered approach often brings up the question, “Won’t my kids just play video games all day?” Although the answer to that is multi-faceted, we know that no experience is devoid of learning. And, in fact, some may have more opportunities for development than we first believe. Join special guests Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion, MMORPG.com, The Gamer In You) Eric Kieron (Producer – Animation; Film; Video Games; Novels) Matt Woomer (Blue Mammoth Games,) Andrew Greenberg (Lead Developer – Fading Suns: Noble Armada,) and Todd Harris (Hi-Rez Studios) as they discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks to video games and how to navigate both. This high-powered panel will plunge into video game culture and its social development divulging how video games affect our lives and education. (BALLROOM A312)
Genese Davis is an American author, host, columnist and media personality. She is the author of The Holder’s Dominion, a next-generation video game thriller heralded as a breakthrough novel by Publishers Weekly. Davis is the founder of The Gamer in You and was recently awarded IGR Woman of the Year. She is a featured columnist at MMORPG.com and appears internationally for literary and entertainment events all over the world. She lives in Irvine, CA, where she advocates for her other passion, animal rescue. To learn more, visit GeneseDavis.com
Andrew Greenberg, best known for designing computer games and roleplaying games, is lead developer on the upcoming Fading Suns: Noble Armada mobile and tablet game. Andrew co-created the “Fading Suns” roleplaying and computer games and was the original developer of White Wolf’s “Vampire: The Masquerade.” He has credits on more than 50 White Wolf products and more than 20 HDI books. He has also worked on products with other roleplaying game companies, including “Star Trek Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine.” His computer game credits include Dracula Unleashed, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Emperor of the Fading Suns, Warhammer 40K: Final Liberation, Merchant Prince II, Mall Tycoon, Dungeon Crawlers, Dungeon Lords, The Virtual World of Kaneva, Railroad Tycoon Mobile and the Global Agenda MMO. A fellow with the Mythic Imagination Institute, Andrew is also president of the Georgia Game Developers Association and organizer of the Southeast Interactive Entertainment and Games Expo (SIEGE).
Matt Woomer is the Creative Director at Blue Mammoth Games, developer of the popular MMO Dungeon Blitz and the upcoming platform fighter Brawlhalla. His other AAA development titles include the beloved MMO City of Heroes as well as City of Villains and Global Agenda. He has many opinions on what these games and others like them can teach, and in fact he has tried on a few occasions to develop video games that teach literally – most recently the educational game Pangemonium on Facebook. Matt is teased by fellow programmers because his degree is in American History.
Eric Kieron is an award-winning producer for film, theater, video games, web, and literary genres. He is passionate about producing high quality, creative content built to entertain. He is a cinematics producer for a premium animation and video game company, and is the founder of the film production company, Sleepwalker Studios. As a director, he focuses on the creative vision of the project aiming to intrigue and excite an audience. As a producer, he has led teams from concept to completion on a number of premium projects. To learn more, visit producedbyeric.com
Todd Harris began his career as a software engineer at NCR before taking on product development leadership roles at Radiant Systems and BlueCube Software. In 2005, he entered the games industry when he co-founded Hi-Rez Studios, a creator of PC online action games. Hi-Rez released the sci-fi shooter MMO Global Agenda in 2010, followed by the critically acclaimed shooter Tribes: Ascend in 2012. Todd and Hi-Rez recently released the game SMITE, a mythology themed 3D battleground of the gods, which has been played by over 4 million people. Todd has spoken at numerous game industry events including gamescom, PAX Prime, PAX East, Dragon*Con, and SIEGE.
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Wizard World Comic Con brings pop culture to life in the most extraordinary way. By producing these one-of-a-kind conventions across North America, Wizard World celebrates the entertainment industry, bringing together epic fandom, esteemed creators, and breathtaking artwork.
Friday, May 30, 2014 – 3pm – 8pm
Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 10am – 7pm
Sunday, June 1, 2014 – 11am – 5pm
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
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