2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

How New Tech Is Innovating Gaming Experiences

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There are many trends in videogames and technology today that will influence and even dominate the next ten years. What happens when multiple trends collide to create heretofore-unknown results? For example imagine taking the options created by the explosive proliferation and evolution of interfaces (cameras, wearable tech, screen extenders, haptic touch, etc.) and mashing two or more of these into a completely new experience? Or what if we combined 3D Printing with the Digital Toys like Skylanders? Twenty-year veteran Starr Long selects nine of these trends and explores how they are already changing the way we make and consume games (and interactive content as a whole).

This SXSW Gaming Session at the Long Center is FREE and open to the public. However SXSW Interactive, Film, Gold and Platinum badges gain priority seating.



Starr Long

Exec Producer

Portalarium Inc

Starr Long has been making videogames for twenty years. Starr started his career with Richard Garriott at the legendary studio Origin Systems, where he was the Director of Ultima Online, the longest running MMO in history. In 2010, UO was inducted into the Online Game Developers Conference Hall of Fame, the first MMO to be so honored. In 2000 Starr co-founded Destination Games with the Garriott brothers, and later that year it was acquired by NCsoft. In 2008 Starr was named one of the Top 20 Most Influential People in the Massively Multiplayer Online Industry by Beckett Massive Online Gamer Magazine. In 2009 he joined The Walt Disney Company as an Executive Producer, where he produced the Disney Parent App for Facebook, 8 learning mini-games in Club Penguin, Club Penguin mobile 1.0, 5 Educational Game apps for iOS, and the Disney Connected Learning Platform. Starr now works at Portalarium on the crowd funded and crowd sourced game Shroud of the Avatar.

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