Following yesterday's opening of the Game Masters exhibition at ACMI in Melbourne, the first of two days of forums is underway.
The morning consisted of multiple panel discussions, containing such panelists as Rob Murray (Firemint CEO), Steve Fawkner (Infinite Interactive CEO), Antony Reed (GDAA CEO), Laura Parker (GameSpot AU Associate Editor and recipient of the MCV Pacific Award for journalism in 2011), Morgan Jaffit (Defiant Development director), Paul Callaghan (Freeplay Festival director), Marigo Raftopoulos (Strategic Games Lab founder and CEO) and Linda Pitt (State Library of Queensland Executive Manager).
Topics on discussion included the divide between indie and mainstream development (a hot topic since the general downsizing of the major studio scene in Australia several years ago), serious games and the cultural spaces in which we interact with games.
Some fantastic discussions were had by all, with some bold predictions being made for the next generation of consoles, and some particularly well-measured and reasoned thoughts on the changing marketplace and landscape coming from Antony Reed.
The day closed off with wide discussions around the cultural institutions which help present games to the public, as well as a discussion with Tim Schafer and many local independent developers about launching as a small company in today's market.
Warren Spector remains to take the stage and host an evening of general discussion, before the event draws to a close with a further day of panels, discussions and forums tomorrow.
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which is hosting the event, will be continuing to host events around the Game Masters exhibition throughout its presence through until October.
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