Big News

30 December 2005

OK, so my big news is public on the internets. I’m going to be speaking at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in March, over in San Diego. The talk is called From Paddles to Pads: Is Controller Design Is Killing Creativity in Videogames? (the title you can see on that page is the one I originally submitted it under, but then I realised that I’d much rather ask a question than answer one).

The talk is about hardware interfaces to games, what they teach us, what’s wrong with them, and how they’re fundamental to gaming as a whole. The precis over at that link is roughly right, but I wrote it a long while ago and it’s definitely subject to change – so don’t hold me to it 100%.

I’m very excited.

I’m also very scared.

Tips, advice, comments, questions, all appreciated. Looking forward to seeing some of you in San Diego, maybe.

2 comments on this entry.

  • MacDara | 30 Dec 2005

    Hey congrats on the sweet gig! I’ve always wanted to attend that conference, just from a curiosity/vague interest standpoint.

    I’m also glad that controller design is being taken seriously in such a manner. I still remember the blisters I got from trying to learn combos in Killer Instinct on the SNES…

  • Alex | 1 Jan 2006

    Yep, congrats indeed Tom – really exciting stuff.

  • 6 Sep 2009

    Trackback: Infovore » Goodbye, ETech