Having fun at Gamefest

I’m having a great time at Microsoft’s Gamefest. I have SO much to learn, which of course makes me incredibly happy. I love learning new things. ๐Ÿ™‚
The size of this conference is comparable to the Austin Game Conference, or Montreal International Game Summit. I think arguably this is the second largest developer event in the world. With nearly 100 distinct talks, these guys have done a great job in putting on a very pro event with few speedbumps.
It’s been fun meeting all my old “enemies” and bonding over shared frustrations and experiences. We’re of course all facing the same problems – this should be no surprise but of course always is. Similarly I suspect to other “enemies” in the world, whether it’s opposing industry forces or opposing political forces. It always seems that when enemies sit down with an open mind, they find they have a lot of things in common. Why don’t people do that more often? ๐Ÿ™‚ I know, I know, people like to hold onto their positions and ideals and an “open mind” is truly hard to find. But I’m an idealist. I suppose that’s the position that *I* will always hold onto. ๐Ÿ™‚
From overcast Seattle… —Mark






3 responses to “Having fun at Gamefest”

  1. blackpawn Avatar

    welcome to seattle! overcast? you should visit during the winter, that’s when the fun starts. ๐Ÿ™‚
    i grew up with nintendo and sega games and ms just made crappy dos. so even after working at ms its presence in the game industry feels somehow wrong. ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. Scoobie Avatar

    Hey Mark, you must have missed all the sun we had earlier in the month. Congratulations on your new job. –Michelle

  3. markdeloura Avatar

    Thanks Scoob! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hey blackpawn… I hear what you’re saying for sure. I’ve spent ten years being upset at MS. But corporations are ultimately just collections of individuals, and the individuals at MS are really kicking ass these days.