The Campus Gamers student organization at Cal State Bakersfield is hosting a three-hour forum Friday on the art of making video games. Several industry professionals are scheduled to speak on all aspects of video games -- music, storylines, voice and art -- and the public is invited.
"Last year's education and gaming event was actually about education," said Ed Webb, founder of Campus Gamers, in a media release. "This year, 'Gamer Education Day' will be educating attendees about the art of games. There's currently a big discussion among game fans and members of the game industry whether video games are really art. We're going to hear from some of those artists, and judge for ourselves. It's an educational event, but it will be a lot of fun, too."
The highlight of the evening will be speaker Susan O'Connor, a well-regarded game writer, who has written or co-written the storylines for several best-selling games, including "Gears of War" and the new "Tomb Raider" game, due to be released March 6. O'Connor's presentation is titled "Angry Nerds: Being Human in the Digital Age."
The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday with a discussion led by CSUB music professor Jim Scully, who will be joined by two prominent game music composers: Christopher Tin, Grammy-winning composer of "Baba Yetu" from "Civilization IV," and Jack Wall, composer for the best-selling "Call of Duty: Black Ops II."
Following the presentation, dozens of Cal State and high school students from various choirs will join forces to perform musical selections from popular video games, including Tin's "Baba Yetu" and the main theme from the game "Skyrim."
Also set to speak is voice actor Carlos Ferro, best known for providing the voices of heartbroken solder Dominic Santiago in the game series "Gears of War" and Leonardo Da Vinci in "Assassin's Creed 2."
Campus Gamers will close the event with a drawing for 50 gift bags filled with prizes donated by game companies, and a limited edition "Halo 4" Xbox 360 console, autographed by members of 343 industries who made the "Halo 4" game. The console will come with an assortment of other games and a Kinect motion sensor.
The CSUB art club has prepared a game-related art project for display at the event, and sociology students will present posters that reflect their video game-themed research projects. Immediately preceding the 6 p.m. discussion, a brief parade and costume contest will take place.
-- CSUB media release