Saturday, November 10, 2012

[SPEAKER] Fanshawe's Dan Rickard talks "Motion Capture on a Student Budget"

Name: Dan Rickard

Organization: Fanshawe College
Title: Professor / 3D Artist
Bio: Professor and accomplished 3D artist in animation and character design, Dan has worked on nearly 40 different games, including Batman Arkham City / Arkham Asylum, Borderlands, and the Battlefield series.

Track: Student. Salon AB, 11:00am – 12:00pm

TOPIC:  Motion Capture on a Student Budget

This workshop will focus on animation in film and video games, with an emphasis on Motion Capture and the facilities found at Fanshawe College. 

Dan Rickard will show the audience some basic keyframing by hand, and then compare it to using motion capture. The REALLY interesting part is the type of Mocap being used. . . See Dan at DIG to find out what it is.

Register at, and attend DIG to nail down how to do motion capture on a student budget- no ramen noodles necessary! Unless you like ramen noodles... because that's cool too. 
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Friday, November 9, 2012

[SPEAKER] "Understanding Market Trends of Canadian Gamers" with NPD Group's Darrel Ryce

Name: Darrel Ryce

Organization: NPD Group

Title: Director, Technology & Entertainment

Bio: Darrel Ryce, of The NPD Group, covers the Canadian information technology and gaming industries, with an emphasis on PC, Printing and Gaming products. He has covered the technology and video game industries in Canada for over 20 years.

For the past 13 years, Darrel has been with The NPD Group, where early in his career he was instrumental in bringing information technology, software, distributor information technology, and video game tracking services to the Canadian market. His client portfolio includes some of the top PC, printing, and gaming manufacturers, along with other companies across the information technology and video game markets.

Darrel offers expert insight and commentary on these and other industry topics:

·         Information technology sales and trends
·         Video game sales and trends
·         Consumer demographics and usage profiles

Track: Game, Main Plenary 11:30am – 12:30pm

TOPIC:  Understanding Market Trends of Canadian Gamers

The NPD Group's Darrel Ryce will present Canadian Gaming research results that will highlight the state of the gaming market in 2012.

Utilizing a unique set of market results, stemming from consumer insights and Canadian retail sales, the focus of the presentation will be on educating attendees on Canadian Gamers. Insights shared will include overall size of the market, platform penetration, the impact of mobile gaming to the traditional console market and key developing demographics.

Darrel Ryce brings quite a bit to the table for his talk on Gamer Market Trends. Do the same. Register to attend DIG for this session and others at 

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[SPEAKER] Big Viking Games' Co-Founder, Greg Thomson, breaks down "PNG Recolouring"

Name: Greg Thomson

Organization: Big Viking Games

Title: Co-Founder and Executive Producer

Bio: Co-founder and executive producer at Big Viking Games, Greg builds games for both web and iOS. He continues to push boundaries in game development using HTML 5.
Twitter: @bigvikinggames

TOPIC:  PNG Recolouring
In this interactive and tutorial style session, Greg will demonstrate how Big Viking Games came to discover the ability to dynamically palette shift PNG images in javascript. The change resulted in decreased load time in apps, reducing content requirements and freeing up device resources for other tasks. 

Greg will walk through how this process works, and demonstrate how developers can implement similar solutions in their own projects.

Access PNG Recolouring and other industry-led workshops on November 14th by registering for DIG at

Be sure to follow @DIGLondon for updates, speaker connections, and freebies. No one has ever regretted it. At least the ones with souls. 

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[STUDENT TRACK] Western's Mike Katchabaw on "Tools of the Trade" for Game Programmers

Name: Mike Katchabaw

Organization: The University of Western Ontario, Department of Computer Science

Title: Associate Professor

Tagline: Michael Katchabaw is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario and a game development expert.

Track: Student, Theatre  10:00am – 11:00am

TOPIC:  Tools of the Trade for Programming Video Games

Game development is an incredibly challenging task, requiring the integration of the best theory, practices, and technologies from computing and a large number of other domains. Good game programmers will have lots of tools at their disposal to assist in the process. In this student-oriented session, we examine various approaches to game programming and the tools that are available to make things work faster, smoother, and better.

REGISTER for DIG to take part in this session at
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