VFS Game Design Expo: February 7th - 8th, 2009

Guest Post: Clinton Ma

Budding game creators take note. Vancouver Film School's annual Game Design Expo is less than a month away. Tickets for the industry speaker day on the 7th have sold out in record time, which leaves the open house on the following day available to the general public.

Unlike the industry speaker day, the open house is free to attend and serves as a promotional tool for VFS's intensive one-year game design program. The event runs all day and will be broken up into two overlapping sessions, featuring trial design classes, demos of student games and an interactive showcase of commercial games that VFS alumni have worked on. The open house will also have a series of speakers, with the lion's share of them belonging to a special Women in Games panel.

Even if you have no intention to enroll in the VFS Game Design program, the open house alone should be an eye-opening experience to anyone with even a passing interest in video game development. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet program head, Dave Warfield and gain valuable insight from local industry professionals. You'll get this all for the price of nothing, save a little time out of your typically lazy Sunday afternoon.

Those of you with industry cred or PR acumen can still try to work your way into the sold-out industry day, which boasts an excellent assortment of speakers. Along with Ubisoft creative director, Clint Hocking's keynote address, the day will feature luminaries from Epic Games, Radical Entertainment, Insomniac Games, Microsoft Game Studios and many more.

To register for the free Game Design Expo open house, you can go online or call 604-631-3591.