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Acey Boyce will speak at the upcoming Carolina Games Summit taking place on February 2nd at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC. His topic, "Serious Games: Making Real Life More Fun," reports on over seven years of real world work experience making games for education at both UNC Charlotte and NC State University. 

Game technologies help people practice new skills, from flying planes to learning math, and can also encourage better behavior, choices, and attitudes - from quitting smoking to making new professional connections. In this talk, Acey Boyce, a PhD student studying serious games at NC State, will talk about recent developments in serious games research, revealing the elements that encourage better learning and user generated content creation in his BeadLoom Game. Bead Loom Game, playable at community.game2learn.com, is a game developed to teach middle school mathematics within the context of creating bead loom art. Students design and share bead art with one another while learning how to graph points and shapes, and solve challenging puzzles of how to minimize the number of shapes they create to make their designs. We have used Bead Loom Game to research how the addition of game elements including in-game tutorials, leaderboards, and user design showcases, have encouraged greatly increased play and learning.

The unifying aspect of the Carolina Games Summit is its dedication to informing the public that simulation and game design is a viable career choice for today’s youth. “Visitors can experience presentations from industry visionaries, plan for a future in the game development field, and enjoy fiercely competitive tournaments all at one event." Said Michael Everett,  Creative Director of the Carolina Games Summit.  Prospective attendees can register online now at www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com for just $10, this price  includes full access to all the speakers, exhibitors, tournaments and excitement Carolina Games Summit has to offer.

About North Carolina State University
With an enrollment of more than 34,000 students, NC State is known for its leadership in education and research, and globally recognized for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics leadership. The university’s 2,100 faculty members include 16 members of the National Academies, and the university offers bachelor’s degrees in 102 fields, masters in 106 fields, and doctorates in 61 fields. As a major research university, NC State has the people —from undergraduate and graduate students to faculty — and the responsibility to advance knowledge, transfer technology, and discover and develop innovations that solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. NC State’s Centennial Campus, home of the Computer Science Department, is a unique community of collaboration where industry and government partners work alongside faculty, staff, post-docs and students conducting cutting-edge research in state-of-the art facilities. NC State’s Computer Science game development concentration helps students develop an understanding of the scientific and technological principles associated with the design and development of computer and console games for both entertainment and serious applications.

About Wayne Community College
Wayne Community College is a public, two-year college located in Goldsboro, NC with an open-door admission policy. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, it serves 14,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 100 college credit programs.  Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.waynecc.edu

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit is a hybrid event that will deliver industry speakers, video game tournaments, concerts, exhibition booths, cos-play, educational sessions, and trading card games.  Compete against gamers from all over the country in a variety of popular tournaments.  Enjoy all your favorite platforms including arcade, computer, and console games with both tournament and free-play options available.  Additional information can be found on the official web site: www.CarolinaGamesSummit.com


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