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ISAGA bringing gamers, academics and industry folks to EWU

Are you ready for the gamepocalypse? Or is this much ado about nothing?

A number of lifestyle experts say we're moving in the direction of the transformation of much of our everyday activity into some form of online game environment. Some don't like it, and call that gamepocalpyse. Others say it's a welcome change and will make education and business activity more productive.

Advocates say (on CNN for instance) that the more we connect with others, even in mundane ways, the more gamelike and the more collaborative our activity becomes.

Does that theory provide the perfect backdrop for understanding the popularity of geolocation application Foursquare, for instance.

Next month you can sink your teeth into this topic and many others.   Eastern Washington University’s Riverpoint Campus will provide the location for the 41st International Simulation and Gaming Conference July 5-9, presented by ISAGA.

ISAGA (International Simulation and Gaming Association) is the group that brings together industry, academics and gamers under one tent, to look at how gaming (not gambling) can be used as more than simple recreation.

ISAGA holds a conference yearly. This is the first time it's been anywhere near Eastern Washington. For more information, go to its site.

During the session, one of the presentations will be by Capt. Allan Hagelthorn (USAF Ret.).

Hagelthorn was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for outmaneuvering multiple SCUD missiles while piloting a B-52 during the Persian Gulf War.

 “The simulations which were part of the Air Force’s pilot training helped save my life and the lives of my crew,” said Hagelthorn. Capt. Hagelthorn’s experiences will be discussed during Thursday’s plenary session (www.dfcsociety-nw.org/officers/hagelthen.htm).




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