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Old 22nd Jan 2008, 05:25 PM   #1
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Epic Games Divulges GDC Plans

Epic Games has announced its plans for the upcoming GDC. In addition to showcasing the most recent enhancements to Unreal Engine 3, the following sessions will be available:
  • “Automating Regression Discovery: Finding the Wrenches in the GEARS OF WAR,” will be presented by Martin Sweitzer, programmer, Epic Games. This intermediate-level lecture, to be held Wednesday, February 20, 12:00-12:30, in West Hall Room 3004, will be geared toward programmers, although production and management may also benefit from the talk.
    “UNREAL TOURNAMENT 3 Postmortem: ULTRA KILL!” will be led by Dr. Michael Capps, president, and Jeff Morris, producer, Epic Games. This postmortem, to be held Friday, February 22, 2:30-3:00 p.m., in West Hall Room 2001/2003, will cater to all developers, regardless of experience.
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Old 22nd Jan 2008, 05:26 PM   #2
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Epic Games Invites You to Join Us at Game Developers Conference 2008

CARY, N.C. (January 22, 2008) – Epic Games, Inc., one of the world’s leading game developers and creator of the industry’s most popular game engine, today announced plans to demonstrate the latest Unreal Engine 3 features at this year’s Game Developers Conference, which will be held next month at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. Epic will hold closed door presentations for its prospective customers, evaluators, licensees, members of its Integrated Partners Program and the media.

Meet with Epic and See Unreal Engine 3
Come and see why so many top developers and publishers have chosen Unreal Engine 3 to power their best-selling PC and console games. Epic will showcase the most recent enhancements to Unreal Engine 3 for licensees, evaluators and partners in a private theater within its expo suite, ES 144, located in the West Hall. Hours for Epic’s booth are the same as expo hours: Wednesday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 21, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Friday, February 22, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Demos will run on the half hour each day of the show, and appointments are not required.

Those wishing to make appointments to individually meet with Epic should email Mark Rein, mrein@epicgames.com, and specify three possible meeting times, the number of people planning to attend, and whether those individuals would like to see a technology demonstration, chat with Epic business representatives, speak with Epic technical representatives or see to other matters. Availability may be limited, so please respond early. Those unable to confirm an appointment in advance are invited to drop by, and Epic will do its best to accommodate visitors.

GDC Speaker Sessions Featuring Epic
Key members of Epic’s development team will be leading the following GDC speaker sessions:

Automating Regression Discovery: Finding the Wrenches in the GEARS OF WAR,” will be presented by Martin Sweitzer, programmer, Epic Games. This intermediate-level lecture, to be held Wednesday, February 20, 12:00-12:30, in West Hall Room 3004, will be geared toward programmers, although production and management may also benefit from the talk.

UNREAL TOURNAMENT 3 Postmortem: ULTRA KILL!” will be led by Dr. Michael Capps, president, and Jeff Morris, producer, Epic Games. This postmortem, to be held Friday, February 22, 2:30-3:00 p.m., in West Hall Room 2001/2003, will cater to all developers, regardless of experience.

Epic Press Sessions and Media Availability
Epic will host two media briefings at GDC. These will take place on Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. in Epic’s expo suite (ES 144, West Hall). Limited space is available, so journalists are encouraged to book places in advance. Each 45-60 minute briefing will consist of demos, short talks by key Epic spokespeople and question and answer sessions. There will be additional one-on-one interview slots, and these will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis; reporters should indicate interest in booking one of these slots via email as well.

About Unreal Engine 3
The award-winning Unreal Engine is known for cutting-edge graphics and its best-of-breed toolset. Unreal Engine 3 maintains those features while adding massive world support, multi-processor support, next-generation console optimizations, and one of the most mature tool pipelines in the industry. Unreal Engine 3's new toolset is designed specifically to accelerate developers' productivity for ultra-complex, next-generation content. Additional information on Unreal Engine can be obtained through the Unreal Technology Web site at www.unrealtechnology.com.

About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its Unreal series, recently shipping Unreal Tournament 3 for PC and PlayStation 3. Epic’s breakthrough game, Gears of War, sold over 4 million copies and was awarded overall Game of the Year for 2006 by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Game Developers Choice Awards, GameSpot, GamePro and many others. Epic is also responsible for the Unreal Engine, which is the underlying technology for a wide range of games including the Game Critics Awards’ Best Console Game and Spike TV’s 2007 RPG of the Year Mass Effect by BioWare and the 2007 BAFTA Best Game and Spike TV Game of the Year BioShock by 2K Games. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the current holder, and four-time consecutive winner, of Game Developer magazine's Front Line award for Best Engine. Epic was also recognized as 2006 Studio of the Year by Spike TV, Developer of the Year by Official Xbox Magazine and 2007 Large Company of the Year by the North Carolina Technology Association. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games Web site at www.epicgames.com[/COLOR].
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Old 22nd Jan 2008, 05:41 PM   #3
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What the heck, Dr. Mike Capps? He's a doctor?
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Old 22nd Jan 2008, 05:59 PM   #4
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What the heck, Dr. Mike Capps? He's a doctor?
He has a PhD, Although he's not a medical doctor.

I'm thinking of going for a PhD. Having Dr. before you name sound great on a CV (unless you have Pepper as Last Name)


I wonder what this post-mortem is going to be? Are they going to analyse in an honest way why UT3 has failed?
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excuse my ignorance but
exactly what is a postmortem?
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UNREAL TOURNAMENT 3 Postmortem: ULTRA KILL!
This is a pretty convenient title, but not in the way they wanted it to be, I'm sure.

Still, GDC is awesome, go Epic.
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Old 22nd Jan 2008, 08:25 PM   #7
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Are you kidding, I would love to be called Dr. Pepper in real life.

Do we know if this will be available as a recording for us schlubs who wish they could go?
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Old 22nd Jan 2008, 09:06 PM   #8
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excuse my ignorance but
exactly what is a postmortem?
The term postmortem is most often associated with an Autopsy. In this case it simply means "after the event", with "the event" being the publishing of Unreal Tournament 3.
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Are you kidding, I would love to be called Dr. Pepper in real life.
Hey, what's wrong with being a Pepper?

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The term postmortem is most often associated with an Autopsy. In this case it simply means "after the event", with "the event" being the publishing of Unreal Tournament 3.
If everyone (or even half) that complained on the UT3 & BU forums about the PC version of the game showed up there, it might start looking more like a funeral... or a lynching...
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ironic use of the word post mortem

so they'll be dissecting the corpse that is UT3 and explaining how they killed it in a calm lucid hannibal lecter like demeanor...

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I'll defo need to attend the post-mortem. Wanna see what the hell were they thinking with this kind of level design.
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Sweet I'll have to check these out when I am at GDC next month doing my own little presentation.
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Old 23rd Jan 2008, 06:40 PM   #13
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ironic use of the word post mortem
Although I'd have to agree a bit, the word postmortem is used at large in the game development industry in presentations and articles about games once they've shipped, and specially on keynotes at GDC. It'd actually be pretty weird if they used any other word.
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