2011-12 Seminar Series

The Center for Game Culture and Virtual Worlds is proud to kick off its 2011-12 Distinguished Speaker Series with a panel of speakers.

All lectures will be held in 6011 Donald Bren Hall at the University of California, Irvine unless otherwise noted below.

The Series is open to the public at no charge. Video recordings of some of the seminars are available below.

Date Title Speakers
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

5:00-7:00 p.m.

DBH 6011

Understanding the games and the business of the games business
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

5:00-7:00 p.m.

DBH 6011

Rob Pardo speaks about Blizzard game design
  • Rob Pardo, VP of Game Design, Blizzard Entertainment
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

5:00-7:00 p.m.

DBH 6011

Developing and Publishing Freetoplay MMOs : From A to Z
  • Frank Cartwright, SVP Product and Platform Development, Gamersfirst
  • Rahul Sandil – SVP Marketing and PR, Gamersfirst
  • Joseph Willmon – Associate Director of Game Production, Gamersfirst
  • Lance Sun – Lead Game Programmer (Hailan Rising)
  • Joey Hibbard – Customer Service and Payments Manager, Gamersfirst
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

5:00-7:00 p.m.

DBH 6011

Game Design for Massively Multiplayer Games
  • Jeff Kaplan, Lead Game Designer, Blizzard Entertainment
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

5:00-7:00 p.m.

DBH 6011

Opportunities in Immersive Gaming
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

5:00-7:00 p.m.

DBH 6011

The Beautiful Road: A Writer’s Guide to Putting Gameplay First
  • Dave Kosak, lead quest designer for World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

5:00-7:00 p.m.

DBH 6011

“Matchmaking and Ladder Design
  • Josh Menke, Multiplayer Systems Designer at Blizzard Entertainment
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

5:00-7:00 p.m.

DBH 6011

“The Game Design of STARCRAFT II: Designing an E-Sport”
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

5:00-7:00 p.m.

DBH 6011

“The Design and Implementation process for developing the User Interface of WoW”
  • Tom Thompson, Lead Software Engineer for User Interface on the World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment
  • Ian Wall, Senior User Interface Designer II on the World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment

 

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