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IASIG @ GDC in 2008
February 20 and 21, 2008
The IASIG came to GDC 2008 with the world's first open game audio specification. The iXMF Working Group worked overtime in the weeks leading up to the conference and brought the iXMF specification to a point where it was made available for public review at GDC. This was a major moment for the IASIG and the news was greeted well by Sony, which plans to use iXMF in their forthcoming development tools. Sony's plans for iXMF, which were described in a GDC session by Sony's Michael Kelly on Wednesday, should help set the stage for more developers to adopt iXMF in the coming months. The working group is shooting for a final specification this September. The public review draft of the iXMF Specification was handed out at the GDC session on Wednesday, at the IASIG Mixer, and at the IASIG Town Hall meeting.
We had our best attendance ever at our our regular mixer at the Chieftain Pub. This year's mixer sponsors were Dolby and Microsoft, and the IASIG is very grateful for their participation. More than 75 industry professionals gathered at the Chieftain Pub to share drinks, food, and stories. We also gave away the best prizes we've ever offered, thanks to this year's prize sponsors: Creative Labs, Garritan, Numark, MixMeister, O'Reilly Media and Wave Arts.
The 13th Annual IASIG Town Hall Meeting took place Thursday, providing everyone an opportunity to find out what IASIG has been doing and to suggest issues that could be addressed by the group. When the floor was opened up for ideas, education was the topic du jour. Attendees provided great ideas for the coming year, including the integration of the iXMF specification launch with our education efforts; for example, having game engineering students in universities around the world create test applications that drive completion of the specification. Noting the number of educators in the room, Michael Sweet (Education WG Co-Chair) encouraged everyone to contribute to and take advantage of the Interactive Audio Wiki and "Ask the IASIG" Web Forum on the IASIG website. New IASIG brochures were also circulated at the show to reach out to educators and promote the IASIG.
The IASIG would like to thank all sponsors and attendees of IASIG events for making GDC 2008 our best showing ever. Companies interested in sponsoring events or becoming prize sponsors at GDC 2009 should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, the IASIG filled the Chieftain Pub with top interactive audio developers, who enjoyed refreshments, networking, and dozens of great audio prizes. (Photos courtesy of David Battino and Kurt Heiden.)