World-class game designers headline GAME ON 2017


The computing department at Institute of Technology Carlow last week hosted the 18th International Conference on Intelligent Games and Simulation (GAME-ON'2017) which attracted computer game development experts Europe, Japan, Korea and Canada – and two of the biggest names in the world today in games design, John and Brenda Romero.

John Romero, the developer of some the best known and most ground breaking computer games of the last four decades (including Commander Keen, Doom and Quake amongst others) spoke about his life in the industry and made some interesting predictions about the future of gaming over the next decade.

During conference downtime, John Romero showed his prowess at Doom, the game he developed at id Software that defined the first person shooter (fps) genre of computer game, by playing against fellow attendees and students of IT Carlow's computer games development course.

Brenda Romero, a Fulbright Scholar, Professor at University of Limerick and one of the most renowned game designers in the world, spoke about the state of the industry today and specifically the important and sometimes understated role played by women in the industry.

The Romeros expressed their confidence in the quality of computer graduates produced in Ireland by moving from America to Ireland and setting up a games studio here.

Another keynote speaker was Demid Teshin, CEO of the Fun Bakers Game Studio, who spoke of the commercial realities of developing cutting edge Augmented Reality Games.

At the end of the conference Dr. Joseph Kehoe of IT Carlow handed the baton to Dr David King of Abertay University in Dundee for next year’s conference. Dr. Kehoe commented,  “The fact that the conference attracted such world class speakers and attendees bodes well, both for the future of the conference and also for the computing department at IT Carlow”