Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Montreal International Game Summit, Nov 1-2

The 8th Le Sommet international du jeu de Montréal (Montreal International Game Summit) takes place today and tomorrow at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure hotel.

Three keynote speakers will be Yves Guillemot (Co-Founder and CEO of Ubisoft), Jason Rohrer (Independent Game Designer) and Richard Lemarchand (Lead Game Designer at Naughty Dog). Other speakers include David Hego (Art Director at Rocksteady Studios), Tom Salta (Composer, HALO Anniversary, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands™, etc.), Alain Tascan (President of Sava Transmedia), Lee Perry (Senior Gameplay Designer at Epic Games), David Anfossi (Producer – DX:HR at Eidos-Montreal) and Stefan Boberg (Technical Director on the Frostbite Engine team at EA DICE).

Though I enjoy the odd video game, I am with Roger Ebert in not being persuaded that video games are an art. Video games use art, but the experience of playing one is akin to other (non-video) games rather than other arts. Only with the loosest definitions can video games be called art, in which case you could just as easily call it a sport.

Anyhow, they are nonetheless a legitimate pursuit. I just don't understand the need to call them something they really are not.



Today the Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS), presented by the Canada Media Fund, unveiled programming for the eighth event, to be held on November 1 and 2, at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure. Once again, MIGS is bringing together industry experts to create a training event of unparalleled quality through lectures in six key areas of the business.
Participants will have the chance to hear the following experts:
Arts & VFX: Alex Alvarez, Founder, President and CEO, Gnomon School of Visual Effects; Hiroshi Matsuyama, CEO, CyberConnect2 and Raphael Lacoste, Art Director, Ubisoft
Audio *NEW: Amaury LaBurthe, CEO and Assistant Professor, AudioGaming; Jean-François Guay, Audio Expert and Programmer, Ubisoft; Mona Mur, Composer and Paul Weir, Audio Director, Composer and Audio Designer, Eidos
Business: Jesse Divnich, Vice-President, EEDAR; Marc Jackson, Managing Director, Seahorn Capital Group and Raphael van Lierop, Founder and Creative Director, HELM|Studio
Design: Alex Epstein, Screenwriter; Craig Morrison, Creative Director and Executive Producer, Funcom and Nels Anderson, Lead Designer, Klei Entertainment
> Production: Andrée-Anne Boisvert, Associate Producer and Patrick Hsieh, Producer, Playdom; Keith Fuller, Production Consultant, Fuller Game Production, LLC and Scylla Costa, Development Director, Bioware
Technology: Jeff Timanus, Software Developer, Google Canada; Mike Ruangutai, Technical Director, GameSpy Technology and Renaud Bédard, Programmer, Polytron Corporation
“One of the key objectives of MIGS is to expand the knowledge of developers so they will go back to work with their heads full of new and innovative ideas,” says Marie Claude Bernard, Director of MIGS. “With this year’s collection of inspiring speakers and our series of amazing events, the eighth edition of the MIGS is sure to be a great success.”
The complete programming is available on www.migs.ca.
About the Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS)
MIGS was created in 2004 by Alliance numérique to meet the needs of the gaming industry locally and internationally. It aims to develop knowledge transfer and expertise, to increase the outreach of the Quebec industry abroad and to promote exchanges and communication between all stakeholders.

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