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Since its inception in 2006, the Carolina Games Summit has been the premiere gathering spot for the North Carolina video game community. Over 1,200 people attend each year. The 2012 Summit featured 17 speakers and 8 sessions. The 2013 Carolina Games Summit takes place February 2 at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC.

The old stereotypes are crumbling! Where once viewed as brain-rotting time-wasters, innovative educators around the world are beginning to shed a new light on video games as meaningful, engaging, and powerful tools for learning, commercially using successful games as powerful tools for learning? Yes! Join Lucas Gillispie as he shares how games like World of Warcraft, Minecraft, Portal, and others are not only valuable for entertainment, but have tremendous potential for classroom learning. We’ll look at what the academic experts are saying, explore real-world examples of video game integration into instruction, and challenge the very foundations of traditional education as we chart a course for the future of video game-based learning.


Lucas Gillispie is an Instructional Technology Coordinator for Pender County Schools in southeastern North Carolina. An avid gamer, he is passionate about the integration of video games into the learning environment. In 2009, he founded the WoWinSchool Project, a program designed to explore the educational potential of games like World of Warcraft with at-risk middle grades learners. Lucas oversees a district-wide Minecraft implementation, of over 300 student accounts, while providing professional development on game-based learning to teachers in his district, state, and beyond. His most recent project, SAGA (Story and Game Academy)aims to encourage middle grades students to build reading and writing skills through video games on platforms ranging from the X-box to the Play-Station. When he is not supporting his guild in the battlegrounds of Guild Wars 2, he blogs about games in education at:

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. Michael Everett Creative Director for the Carolina Games Summit says, “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." Prospective attendees can register online now at for just $10, this price also includes full access to all the speakers, exhibitors, tournaments and excitement Carolina Games Summit has to offer.

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:

About Carolina Games Summit
Carolina Games Summit will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013, 10AM – 8PM at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC. This hybrid event will once again 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:

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