The Havok Physics Competition

Havok and Intel are sponsoring a competition for best use of Physics in a video game and best knowledge base Physics entry. I will be one of the judges of the competition.

You can check the competition here and the judges page is linked here. Here are more details on the two categories of the competition:

Category 1: Most Innovative Use of Physics in a Game. Your entry must be a playable PC game demo that includes new or unique uses of Havok technology. We’re looking for new ways for the player to interact with the game through physics, showing different uses of physics than what can be found in PC games today. This can be a FPS, sports game, casual game, or any other type of game.

Category 2: Best Physics Knowledge Base Entry. We’re looking for the best contributions that can benefit the game developer community. This can be a code sample, optimization tip, technical whitepaper, a technical abstract of your demo, or any other technical content that shares your knowledge of game physics with the community.

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Games Industry 3.0

Its been a while since I planned an event and finally after almost a year, I’m back on track. I have planned this event with CSPA (Chinese Software Professional Association). Here is the event description:

The global games industry is now valued at over $30 billion. The rapid growth of the industry, introduction of next generation gaming consoles and advanced PC hardware, the wide popularity of massively multiplayer online (MMO) content such as World of Warcraft, user generated games, and online distribution channels all introduce new challenges and new opportunities. How is the industry dealing with these challenges? With video game budgets easily exceeding $20 million, where will the intrepid entrepreneurs thrive? How does the convergence between the TV and the computer screen affect the games industry? This CSPA event brings together a group of highly experienced panelists to shed light on the challenges in the Games Industry. Join us for some food, networking, and an insightful evening.

Moderator

Speakers

  • Don Daglow, President and CEO, Stormfront Studios
  • Tom DuBois, Lead Producer, Global Online Studio, Electronic Arts
  • Gus Tai, General Partner, Trinity Ventures
  • Jeff Yates, Vice President Product Management, Havok Inc.

All details can be accessed here

Startup Camp

Startup Camp

Today I attended the Startup Camp in the Mountain View computer history musemum. My guess that more than 200 people attended today. Entrepreneurs, attorneys, a couple of VCs, a couple of angel investors, and a lot of big companies representatives were there. Sun Microsystems was the master mind behind the camp. Google, Amazon, and Microsoft had a strong presence.

The camp was an unconference, where people decided on the spot what they wanted to discuss. I attended many sessions through out the day and I will write about them in a series of posts.