Finally, we made up the advance program.

http://www.digra2007.jp/Program.html

It was a hard work. Good night.

Immediate Release: Two prominent Japanese game developers to be appeared in the plenary talks at DiGRA 2007 (DIGITAL GAMES RESEARCH CONFERENCE 2007) held in Tokyo, September 24 to 28, 2007.

Prof. Masayuki Uemura (Ritsumeikan University)Uemura

Prof. Toru Iwatani (Tokyo Polytechnic University) Iwatani

Biography in English is to be appeared.

Immediate Release: Marc Prensky (game2train) is to be appeared in the plenary talks at DiGRA 2007 (DIGITAL GAMES RESEARCH CONFERENCE 2007) held in Tokyo, September 24 to 28, 2007.

Biography (http://www.marcprensky.com/):

Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, and designer in the critical areas of education and learning. He is the author of Digital Game-Based Learning (McGraw-Hill, 2001), the founder and CEO of Games2train (whose clients include IBM, Nokia, Pfizer, the US Department of Defense and the LA and Florida Virtual Schools) and creator of the sites DoDgameCommunity.com and SocialImpactGames.com.

Marc has created over 50 software games for learning, including the world’s first fast-action videogame-based training tools and world-wide, multi-player, multi-team on-line competitions. He has also taught at all levels. Marc has been featured in articles in The NY Times and The Wall Street Journal, has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and the BBC, and was named as one of training’s top 10 “visionaries” by Training magazine. He holds graduate degrees from Yale (Teaching) and Harvard (MBA).

The Japanese translation of Marc’s new book, “Don’t Bother Me, Mom — I’m Learning” : How Computer and Video Games Are Preparing Your Kids For Twenty-first Century Success — and How You Can Help! (2006) will be published in Summer, 2007.

At this point, Prof. Edward Castronova and Mr. Marc Prensky agreed to give plenary talk at DiGRA207. In addition, we plan to invite one (or possibly two) prominent Japanese game developer for a plenary talk.
DiGRA2007 will be held from Semptember 24 to 28, and Early bird registration will be closed on July 31.

DiGRA2007 Keynote speakers update: Edward Castronova (Indiana University)

Biography (http://mypage.iu.edu/~castro/):
Edward Castronova (PhD, Economics, Wisconsin, 1991) is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of
Telecommunications at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is an
expert on the economies of large-scale online games and has numerous
publications on that topic, including a book entitled Synthetic
Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games
.
He is also the director of the Synthetic Worlds Initiative at Indiana University.