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03/15/2006 - “See Red” at GameFest Spokane 2006

Building on Eastern Washington Unversity’s role as principal university sponsor of GameFest Lite last fall, EWU is the charter university sponsor of the main event --- GameFest Spokane 2006, -- April 14 and 15 at the Spokane Convention Center. “The ‘Red Tide’ of EWU gamers is fully prepared to flood the floors of GameFest ‘06 -- and come out on top,” according to Dr Steve Simmons, Director of the EWU Center for Network Computing and Cyber Security. There are an estimated 7000 EWU students who play computer games, the Cyber Café is the hottest gaming spot on the EWU campus, and the EWU computer science department has featured computer graphics and animation during 20 years of continuous development.

EWU has been warming up for GameFest Spokane since January, when an EWU computer science graduate seminar adopted GameFest as part of its mission. That mission was to study the complexities of computer network deployment of interactive multimedia such as computer games, sound and video. During the current Winter quarter at EWU Riverpoint, nineteen visiting guest experts, representing a dozen networking companies and organizations, have discussed the formidable challenge of deploying fast, interactive multimedia content on networks originally designed for the time-indifferent transport of computer data. Each expert spent time deliberating with the network-oriented EWU graduate students in the seminar about the difficulties of network delay, jitter, reliability, and security. Finally, a summary discussion was held with GameFest Spokane representatives, Steve Trabun, of VPnet and GameFest technology manager Dave Moore of LLIX. Several practical student suggestions were adopted for the event itself.

In addition to the participation of the graduate seminar in multimedia networking, EWU will participate in other ways to enhance the regions first GameFest:

*) The EWU department of computer science will organize an “event-within-an-event” --- a regional media conference at which examples of student work will be shown and a brand new program in gaming and animation starting this fall will be announced and described in detail.

*) The EWU School of Computing and Engineering Sciences will operate a booth at GameFest, where details of EWU programs helpful to those preparing for a career in game design and development will be available, along with other topics in computer science and electrical engineering at EWU.

*) Two EWU computer science faculty members specializing in gaming and animation --- Stu Steiner and Brian Kamp --- will appear as part of a GameFest panel discussion.

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