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Additional Speaker Announced for “Gamer Education Day 2013”
February 25, 2013
Last week the Campus Gamers student organization at CSU Bakersfield announced “Gamer Education Day 2013,” a three-hour event that will share insight into the art of making video games with CSUB students and the greater Bakersfield community alike. “GED ‘13” will feature an assortment of guest speakers from the video game industry, a student musical performance, and more. The organization is still hard at work and some additions to the program have recently been announced.
CSUB students founded Campus Gamers, a student club, in 2011 as an outlet to discuss and enjoy a common interest in gaming. In 2012 the club presented the “2012 Education and Gaming Symposium” to much success.
“We are excited at the addition of voice actor Carlos Ferro to our program,” says Ed Webb, founder of Campus Gamers. “Voice acting is an important part of the gamers experience, and we think attendees will really like hearing from Ferro.”
“GED ‘13” will open with two student efforts on display. The CSUB art club, the Working Artists Collective, will have a game-related art project available for viewing. “Cosplaying” or “costume playing” is popular among many game fans, and a brief parade and costume contest will be held immediately before speaker presentations begin.
The event will formally begin at 6 PM with a discussion led by CSUB Music Professor, Jim Scully. Prof. Scully will be joined in a discussion with two of the most important game music composers in the industry: Christopher Tin, Grammy-winning composer of “Baba Yetu” from Civilization IV and Jack Wall, composer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the fastest selling game of all time, which reached one billion dollars in sales in only fifteen days.
Their discussion will be followed by choral performance. CSUB and area high school students from a number of local choirs will join forces to perform three different musical selections from popular video games.
Rounding out the evening will be speakers Susan O’Connor and Carlos Ferro. O’Connor is a legendary game writer, having written or co-written the storylines for numerous best-selling games, including Gears of War and the new Tomb Raider game, which will release five days after “GED ‘13.”
O’Connor will be a featured speaker at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film, Music and Interactive Conference and Festival, which takes place in Austin, TX. As a special treat for “GED ‘13” attendees, O’Connor will preview her presentation, titled “Angry Nerds: Being Human in the Digital Age”, exclusively at CSUB, one week before she shares it with the rest of the world at SXSW.
Popular voice actor Carlos Ferro has been added to the program as the final speaker at “GED ’13.” Ferro is best known for providing the voices for heartbroken solder Dominic Santiago in the game series, Gears of War, and the legendary Leonardo Da Vinci in Assassin’s Creed 2. In addition to his voice work with games, Ferro has provided voices for a number of animated and anime programs, and has performed on live-action television programs including “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “The Good Wife.”
Donations of games and game-related items have continued to pour in, and Campus Gamers will close the event by giving away over $15,000 in prizes.
All speakers will be available for a short time after the event to answer questions and meet with fans.
“Gamer Education Day 2013” will be held March 1, 2013 at the CSUB Student Recreation Center gymnasium. Doors open at 5 PM, with the cosplay contest at 5:30 PM and the main event beginning at 6 PM. The art display will be available for viewing before the event. Admission is free and will be first-come, first-served. Parking is free in Lot K on the CSUB campus. Cosplayers should arrive by 5:00 PM.