The 18th annual Game Developers Conference has named the creator of Doom, the Matrix films’ visual effects supervisor and The Lord of the Rings game developer as its 2004 keynoters for its late March conference. The confab is the world’s largest trade event exclusively devoted to game-creation. This year’s frame will feature more than 300 lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions across seven content tracks.
“The GDC is the gravity point for the creation of games and interactive entertainment,” says Alan Yu, GDC director. “The 2004 speaker program is headed by the most respected names in the field, people who set the agenda for the game industry.”
Keynote speakers are:
Visual Arts track: John Gaeta, visual effects supervisor on the feature films The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. He won both an Academy Award and a BAFTA award for his work on The Matrix.
General Interest: Andrew House, exec. VP, Sony Computer Entertainment America, responsible for the game content lineup, brand management and advertising for the Playstation 1 and 2 consoles.
Production Track: David Perry, president, Shiny Ent., a 21-year game industry veteran. His last project was the game Enter the Matrix.
Game Design Track: Neil Young, VP and exec in charge of production at Electronic Arts, who is currently leading the development of the Lord of the Rings games.
Programming Track: John Carmack founder/owner/lead programmer for id Software, whose credits include the blockbuster hits Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein. He is currently working on the highly anticipated Doom III.
Visual Arts: Phil Tippet, founder of Tippet Studios, visual effects supervisor on such feature films as: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Jurassic Park.
For a complete list of GDC 2004 event information visit www.gdconf.com.