D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit goes down in Las Vegas February 17-19, and as always there are a slew of big name gaming types scheduled to be in attendance for talks, discussions, chats, and other various forms of speech-based expression.
Today, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences announced several additional speakers who will be offering up their thoughts on the state of the industry and the medium during the event. The newest additions to the attendee’s list are (officially) as follows:
- John Schappert, chief operating officer Electronic Arts, founder of Tiburon Studios and with EA for 17 years; he left to run Microsoft’s Live software division for 2 years, returning this past July.
- Joe Madureira & David Adams, co-founders of Vigil Games, a legendary comic artist and technical guru joined forces in 2005 to create their groundbreaking company, which has released Darksiders and has the highly anticipated MMO in development, Warhammer 40,000. Their topic is "From Pencils to Pixels: the Journey of Creating Original IP For Consoles.”
- Randy Pitchford, chief executive officer & president, Gearbox Games, one of the founders of the company who has produced and directed many best selling games, including the popular 2009 release Borderlands, as well as the Half Life titles and the Brothers In Arms series, will speak on “The Gearbox Software Story: past, Present & Future.”
- Greg Short & Geoffrey Zatkin, CEO and COO respectively, Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, will speak on “Forces at Play: Examining What Has Really Been Impacting the Videogame Industry, and What It Means Going Forward.”
Also, the AIAS announced that the EEDAR will be presenting a series of three discussions before the opening of DICE entitled "Hot Topics" that will be hosted by none other than X-Play’s own Adam Sessler. The high temperature topics of the debate and the personalities that will be debating them look something like this:
- "Casual Games: Salvation or Damnation," David Jaffe, Eat Sleep Play and David Crane, legendary game-maker
- "Innovation: Story Vs Action," Dan Connors, Telltale Games and Richard Garriott, Hall of Fame recipient
- "The Art of Independence," Tim Schafer, Doublefine Games and Chris Taylor, Gas Powered Games
G4 will be bringing you plenty of DICE-y DICE 2010 goodness during the event, so be sure to tune it starting Feb. 14 for more.