The Triangle has a big presence in the game development industry. According to Wake County we have over 30 video game companies in the area. That count includes the three big developers of game engines: Epic (Unreal Engine), Vicious Cycle (Vicious Engine), and Emergent Game Technologies (Gamebryo). You have heavy-weights in the area of serious games and simulations like Virtual Heroes. So, why not a game conference?

The Digital Game Expo (DGXPO) is a local game development conference hosted by Wake Tech. This is not a massive industry conference with a convention center filled with vendors and game dev shops passing out tsatskes. One of DGXPO’s goals is to give aspiring developers and developers from other industries a peek into the game industry.

Registration for the expo just opened this week over at http://www.dgxpo.com . It doesn’t look like the sessions are posted yet, but there is a list of speakers.

Student Work

The conference is hosted by Wake Tech and their game development and simulation program. This gives Wake Tech’s students a chance to show off their handiwork. Last year, students from Wake Tech (and I believe a couple other schools) had a room setup with playable demos of games they had worked on for a variety of platforms. Of course right next to all their class projects, the local Virtual Heroes had a popular demo of America’s Army running complete with realistic training rifle.

Industry

Last year I briefly spoke with Robert Rice from Neogence Studios about his new MMO Immortal Destiny. He couldn’t go into too much detail at that time, but his take on the role of social dynamics and AI sounded like it will be a refreshing twist on the state of MMOs. This year he is going to be a speaker at the Expo. I’m looking forward to his session and any sneak peeks we might get.

I intend to register again this year and see what others in the area are up to.