Emmett Walsh | Aug 23, 2011
Held for the first time in 2011, PAX: Dev is a brand new games development conference, running from August 24th to 25th in Seattle, Washington. Originally part of the larger Penny Arcade Expo, the gaming conference founded by webcomic moguls Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, it has been spun off into it’s own separate entity. With a focus on the art and craft of games development, PAX Dev is unique in that, unlike other development conferences such as E3 and Gamescom, no press are allowed into the 750 seat venue. PAX Dev promises to offer an inside look at the process of games development, as well as the latests developments and bleeding edge ideas.
Leading figures from the games industry will be speaking at a host of special events over the course of the two days. Scheduled events run the gamut from explaining and understanding basic game architecture, to workshops of designing to a story, to desing “do’s and dont’s”, all the way to game design workshops and roundtables. Key speakers include, but aren’t limited to, industry figures such as Jamie Cheng, founder of Klei Entertainment Inc., Andrew Federspiel, designer for PopCap games, Sean Flinn, Senior Project Manager for GameSpy technology, Chris Hecker, game design advocate and journalist, and Richard Garfield, design consultant and creator of “Magic: The Gathering”.
All in all PAX Dev promises to offer industry members a rare glimpse of the development process that goes into creating games across all levels. Whether your a veteran insider or just starting out on your first indie title, you owe it to yourself to check out PAX Dev.
About the Author: Emmett currently lives in New York, NY, after studying abroad in St. Andrews, Scotland. While he went for the education, he stayed for the social scene. When he's not busy being awesome, Emmett covers the latest and greatest in entertainment, film, video games, and all things geeky. When he's not doing that, he's probably either reading a book or tracking down the best Mexican food he can find.