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29 August, 2007

In Austin next week
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 2:43 PM

I’m speaking with Jessica Mulligan at the Austin GDC next week. Our session is “Emerging Business Models Worldwide” on Wednesday at 11:00 AM. Unfortunately, there’s not much of a description on the site, but the talk will cover the major business models that we’ve seen for online games over the past few years. It’s mostly an analytical look at the business models, and the goal is to have lots of time for Q&A. Should be a fun session if you’re interested in how to make money without having to have WoW-sized subscriptions.

Note that updates to this blog might be a bit slow. Depends on how much I have to rant about after seeing various sessions, and how much cheap internet connectivity I can get. ;)

It’ll be interesting to see how the conference turns out this year. Since CMP, the lovely administrators of the GDC (and, oh, how I love the GDC) have taken over, it’ll be interesting to see if the conference remains useful. CMP is already starting out on the wrong foot; I’m not listed in the “preview” program book under the session. And, instead of focusing on my development record, they’ve put me as a writer for Yes, ignore that silly other thing I might be known for. *sigh*


  1. *tries to act all indignant*

    There’s uhh…some uhh…status with being a GI.n writer. Yeah, that’s it!

    It makes you famous, somewhere. I’m sure. Ok, it impresses random strangers :P

    Comment by Ophelea — 29 August, 2007 @ 2:52 PM

  2. Hey, I will try and attend your talk, although you’re double-booked for a web 2.0 technical talk I was interested in attending. But hey, my talk is scheduled simultaneously with Damion’s, so I won’t feel too bad if you don’t attend mine :)

    I’ll keep an eye out for you, definitely.

    Comment by Darius K. — 30 August, 2007 @ 9:04 AM

  3. Unfortunately, I think I’m headed to another session at that time, but I hope you or someone else keeps some notes for me. I really would like to hear what y’all have to say on the topic. Perhaps I can at least stop by after the session, so I can finally put a face with the name.

    You’re probably already aware, but in case you’re not: UT is apparently trying to build a historical archive for video games. I seem to remember that being one of the steps you thought might help legitimize the industry in our culture. I wish I was independently wealthy, so I could attend the fundraiser at Garriott’s place. It looks like it will be a blast.

    Comment by Aaron — 30 August, 2007 @ 10:34 PM

  4. What session could be more important than mine? :P But, please do stop by. Or, ask people if they’ve seen Psychochild and you’ll probably get some people pointing in the right direction on other days. :)

    Aaron wrote:
    You’re probably already aware

    Actually, I’m heading to the fundraiser. :) The cheapest tickets are $75, but it’s for a good cause. And, you’re right, some of the support came from the work I did at Project Horseshoe last year; our group felt that one of the major steps towards legitimacy is to have a better record of our history. So, it should be interesting to see how things are going along on that.

    Comment by Psychochild — 31 August, 2007 @ 1:16 AM

  5. hmm, I haven’t been able to found a sum up of your session around. I was hoping on Gamasutra but nope. Anyone have a link to share?

    Comment by Over00 — 10 September, 2007 @ 9:46 AM

  6. Yeah, sadly, there doesn’t seem to be anybody sitting in on our session to post information about it. We were stuck in a very small room and it filled up quickly; perhaps journalists were not able to get into the room to report on it.

    Anyway, I might post up the slides later this week. Need to make sure I have the proper permission. :)

    Comment by Psychochild — 10 September, 2007 @ 12:42 PM

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