Project Horseshoe 2012 Talk: Designing Video Games at the Service of Humankind
I had the distinct honor of presenting to 50 of my game design peers at the Project Horseshoe 2012 conference in Boerne, Texas this past November. Finding a topic worthy of the conference goal, "positively influencing the art, science, and business of game design over the next five years", was no easy task. I ultimately chose to argue for the somewhat impractical approach of designing games based on fundamental human ideals, using the Olympics as a prime example of what can be achieved. I'm happy with how the talk turned out, and learned a lot from the discussion it sparked.
If you'd like to check it out, I've posted my slides (which include notes with more or less exactly what I said) for download here. I've also created a pdf version of the talk, available here.
I'd also recommend checking out the conference reports. A lot of great ideas were explored: http://www.projecthorseshoe.com/reports.htm