Digital Game Xpo

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The Digital Game Xpo (DGXPO) is the Southeast's largest game industry conference. The event is organized and hosted by Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina. The first event was held in 2005 and it has been held annually ever since. The event comprises an expo, career fair, student showcase, and a variety of tutorials, lectures, and roundtables by industry professionals. The expo also holds a number of tournaments for popular games like Guitar Hero, Super Smash Bros., and Halo 3.

History[edit]

The first DGXPO was held in 2005 at Wake Technical Community College. The event was organized by Walter Rotenberry and has been facilitated by him ever since. The event featured an expo with exhibitors including (but not limited to) Gamefrog, Virtual Heroes, Inc., and Red Storm Entertainment. The event also had a number of lectures on topics like in-game cinematics, the Unreal Engine, and DarkBasic. 2005's expo featured two notable keynote speakers: Tim Sweeney (game developer) from Epic Games, and Bill Stealey from Interactive Magic.

After the success of the first event, DGXPO was set as an annual event. The 2006 DGXPO featured keynotes from Jerry Heneghan of Virtual Heroes, Inc., and Jason Della Rocca of the IGDA.[1] The keynote speakers in 2007 were Damon Conn previously of Westwood Studios, EA, and currently with 7 Studios, Rett Crocker of Republic of Fun (formerly of 3DSolve) and Ryan Stradling of EA.[2]

The 2008 expo has been drastically overhauled and a number of new activities have been added including numerous tournaments, LEGO displays, costume contests, an expanded expo room, and a student showcase for game design students in the RDU area. The two keynote speakers for 2008 are Steve Reid from Red Storm Entertainment, and Brenda Brathwaite from the Savannah College of Art and Design.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wake Tech (16 June 2006). "DGXPO 2006". Archived from the original on 2006-06-13. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  2. ^ Wake Tech (26 May 2007). "DGXPO 2007". Archived from the original on 2007-05-26. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  3. ^ Wake Tech (9 June 2008). "DGXPO 2008". Archived from the original on January 31, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 

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