Vancouver Film School’s Game Design Expo mixes it up
In its sixth year, the Vancouver Film School’s Game Design Expo has changed to reflect the shifts in the video-game industry. Dave Warfield, who heads the game-design program at the school, told the Straight this year’s event will feature a mix of games, from big-budget console titles to those produced by smaller, independent studios.
In a phone interview, Warfield explained that in addition to the keynote from Bethesda Game Studios’ Bruce Nesmith about The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, another significant recent release on the agenda is the massively multiplayer Star Wars: The Old Republic. A panel looking at independent game development closes the expo’s industry-speaker day on Saturday (January 21).
Making sure the local community is represented is another priority. “We’re always trying to have that mix of exposure so people that are attending can see not only what’s going on around North America,” Warfield said, “but right here in Vancouver.”
Ian Christy of Slant Six Games will be on hand to talk about Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, developed for Capcom and slated for release in March. Alumnus Bruce Kelly, meanwhile, returns to VFS to discuss Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The 2006 graduate was the narrative game designer on the game, developed at Eidos Montreal.