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Friday, June 25, 2004

WITCHBOY IN-WORLD! ACCLAIMED GAME DEVELOPER HARVEY SMITH COMES TO SECOND LIFE (7/1, 6pm PST)

Well, it's been difficult for me to keep this a secret because I'm such a big fan, but I can now announce it. Consider this an adjunct to the Hamlet Linden Book Club, expanded to include authors in other medium. Harvey's a personal friend who makes excellent games and has a lot to say about them. I know I'm looking forward to this. Boilerplate below. -- WJA

In conjunction with Linden Lab, New World Notes is proud to announce 90 minutes of in-world conversation with Harvey Smith, a lead designer and project director on the revolutionary and widely admired "Deus Ex" franchise from Ion Storm/Eidos Interactive. A longtime veteran of the game industry, Harvey is already on hand to judge Second Life's first Game Developer Competition, and this coming Thursday, he will sit down with Hamlet Linden before a live in-world audience to discuss his career, his theories on game design and his views of the industry, and the artistic and cultural perspectives that fuel his work. (Among these topics, they'll be discussing Harvey's signal essay, "The Future of Game Design", among the other writings on his site, so try and give them a read before the event time.)

If you're already a Second Life resident, check July 1st's Events calendar for more information; if you're not a resident but would like to attend the forum with Smith, consider registering for a 7 day free trial or a Basic Account, with a one-time fee of $9.95. (Further details on Second Life and account options here.)

For further information, post in this forum, or e-mail [email protected], or in-world, send an Instant Message to Hamlet Linden.

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