Dr. Farhad Javidi

Founder and CEO of Simbryo

Dr. Javidi is the founder/CEO of Simbryo Corporation, a North Carolina-based game development company, where he has developed and published over 200 video games. He serves as professor/chair of the Simulation and Game Development program at Central Piedmont Community College, the fourth largest community college in the US, where he created the first state-approved associate degree program in Simulation and Game Development in the nation. Dr. Javidi’s teams have won the ImagineCup US Game Championship twice and were finalists at the World Finals. Dr. Javidi is a poet, an author, a nationally-recognized conference speaker, a judge for the Smithsonian Museum Arcade, a judge for Microsoft’s ImagineCup World competition in the areas of Game and Mobile App Development. He served on the executive board of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) for 3 years and currently serves as the chair of IGDA Charlotte.

Summit Description:

Indie Game Development Summit

April 16TH, 2019
9:00am – 3:00pm

Talk Description:

Games Our Ancestors Played

This session explores the origin, design and mechanics of games played by our ancestors. Throughout history, people – young and old, rich and poor, and of different genders and cultures – have played games to pass the time, entertain themselves, keep children occupied, liven up a social event, and celebrate the change of seasons. Many of today’s most popular games are versions of beloved games of the past, but too often their developers have failed to consider the original games’ historical or cultural context. In this session, participants will explore various games played by our ancestors and create enhancements that appeal to today’s players of different social and cultural backgrounds.

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