I'm going to be speaking a few times this year.
If anybody can make the trek out to Nottingham to attend Gamecity (http://www.gamecity.org) - which sounds like it's going to be a really cool event - I'm going to be speaking there not once but TWICE!
I'll be talking at the Hand-To-Eye portion of the show, a talk
called "What We Learn From Games", which is a favorite topic of
mine. It's not what we're "supposed" to learn - but we learn. That one's Friday the 27th at the Adams Building, New College Nottingham, at 14:45. http://handtoeye.net/index.php
And I'll also be talking on the 28th about another favorite topic: the preproduction phase of Spider-Man 2. This time I'll be focusing on how it represented something you don't see too often in the industry these days: respect for our audience. Far too often I hear "you've got to dumb it down for the mass market." On Spidey...we didn't do that. http://gamecity.org/index.php/events/detail/i_did_that/ I didn't choose the embarrassing title, which is the name of the whole "lecture series", not the individual talk. Spidey was a group effort.
And, speaking of preproduction, after Spidey 2, as a consultant, I've seen preproduction go sour many times, and I'm going to talk about that at the Asian Game Developers Summit in December - http://www.agdsummit.com/speakers.html. That's December 9th-10th in Singapore.
Also, if anyone is going to be at either event and just wants to hang out and get a beer or whatever, send me an e-mail! jdfristrom - at - gmail.com.