BCS Hampshire: What is with all the animated dancing in games today?

When:  Feb 4, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (GB)

Monday 4 February 2019, 5.30pm - 8.30pm

Venue: Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0RD | Map and directions | Campus Map
(In The Spark Building, on East Park Terrace, adjacent and north to the Library).

Refreshments at 5.30pm will be also in The Pod. We continue in "The Pod "for 6.00pm for the presentation. (This is about 5 minutes’ walk from the Southampton Central Station). The Pod is on the 3rd floor,- the lifts are on the left once you have entered the Spark building

Cost: Free and open to both BCS and Non-BCS Members.

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Speaker: Ian Hughes / epredator, BCS Animation and Games Development SG Chair

This is a joint event with the BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS AGD SG


In this presentation we will look at what the rise of quirky dance animation in games, what is driving their adoption and the impact they appear to be having on players. Also there will be a brief history of quirky content as this is not the first time we have been here.

There is also a serious business model behind this and other skins and perks available in games such as Fortnite, plus a rich second hand market emerging, and who knows it may end up being blockchain powered.

About the speaker:

Dr Ian Hughes/epredator, BCS Animation and Games SG Chair, is an Internet of Things industry analyst at 451 Research, with nearly 30 years of experience in emerging technology as a developer, architect and consultant. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate this year in recognition of his achievements.

Ian was early to the Web development space in 1998, social media in 2004, and influential in virtual-worlds adoption in 2006-09, all whilst at IBM. He spent the next seven years in start-up land, where he presented a regular emerging technology feature on a UK children's TV show, built virtual hospitals, pitched to investors, wrote a technology column for a fashion magazine and two sci-fi novels, Reconfigure and Cont3xt, full of modern day IoT, VR and AR.http://reconfigurebook.co.uk. Wikipedia entry as Ian Hughes (epredator)


Southampton Solent University,
East Park Terrace, Southampton,
Southampton, SO14 0RD