GameFest 2006, Day #3

GameFest 2006, Day #3

Well, today is the last day of GameFest, and by far its the most “interactive” part of the festival – we had 2 playtests of 2 games, one is a boardgame, and the other is a alpha test of a soon-to-be-launched trading card game. I got a signed card (don’t know who signed on it though) which can be redeemed for a Starter set though. I’m not sure to eBay it or to get a Startet set, lol. Anyway, today we had someone from some company giving us a talk about financial literacy games, and we had a boardgame after his talk. A lawyer also gave a talk on intellectual property rights, something which is getting more important right now. We also had a security expert from some company telling us about hacking, phishing and malware, which are pretty much rampant nowadays, and a trainer from a local private school offering a diploma in games development talking to us about resource management in real life. Finally, the last one was a playtest session cum seminar of the trading card game. Overall, this was a much “relaxed” day compared to last Sunday’s mad stuck-in-lecture-room programme, as there were less speakers. One thing I noticed about the festival was the amount of kiddies. Hell, I’m 22 already, and most of the audience are polytechnic year 1/2 students studying diplomas in game development, or kids who are like, more than 10 years younger! I hope some day that a seminar could be targeted for working/soon-to-be-working adults like me, and not have to see kiddies the whole day… not that I’m biased, of course, but I don’t feel comfortable around them, that’s all. Really!

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