GDC Online 2011 organizers have announced that renowned writer Neal Stephenson will keynote the October, Austin based show
's Game Narrative Summit, where he will take part in an on-stage Q&A with game journalist Geoff Keighley.
The keynote, titled "Music, Movies, Microcode, & High-Speed Pizza Delivery: A Conversation with Neal Stephenson," will delve into a host of writing and game-related of topics, including Stephenson's new novel REAMDE, which is set against the backdrop of the game industry. In addition to the keynote, Stephenson will host a special book signing elsewhere in the show (location and time to be determined).
Stephenson's previous work includes novels such as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Zodiac, the three-volume The Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World) and Snow Crash, which was TIME Magazineís named one of the 100 all-time best English-language novels. He is known for exploring and redefining genres ranging from cyberpunk to the historical epic.
Keighley, who will host the Q&A, has spent more than half his life covering the video game business as a journalist, TV personality, and producer. Currently, he serves as host and executive producer of Spike TV's Gametrailers TV, which is consistently the highest rated video games show on television. Keighley is also a freelance writer, whose work has appeared in publications such as Kotaku, Business 2.0, and Entertainment Weekly.
This keynote will take place within GDC Online's ever-popular Game Narrative Summit
, which includes numerous lectures, panels, and more from some of the industry's most respected professionals -- featuring speakers from Valve, BioWare Austin, Telltale Games
, and more. In addition to the Game Narrative Summit, GDC Online will feature two additional Summits covering Smartphone & Tablet Games
and Virtual Items
Event organizers previously announced that PopCap co-founder John Vechey will also give a keynote
at GDC Online, where he will discuss how his company is adapting its popular single-player games to social platforms. Other recent announcements for GDC Online include new sessions
within the show's Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit
, and a handful of full-day sponsored events
from Blizzard Entertainment, Google, and Unity Technologies.
GDC Online, which will take place in Austin, Texas from October 10-13, 2011, will once again serve as the leading worldwide event dedicated solely to discussing the development and business trends surrounding connected games -- including casual titles, MMOs, virtual worlds, and social networking games.
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