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My Thoughts on Attending Games+Learning+Society 12 (Part 1)

I just returned from the Games + Learning + Society conference held in Madison, WI at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I have to say that of all the conferences that I have attended, this was the most thought provoking one to date.  Any conference that gets you excited to attend when you read the session descriptions had to be awesome! Sessions covered the entire spectrum from designing educational games to using game-based theory in your classroom.  
The opening keynote was Ernest Adams, the designer of the Madden football series.  From the start, it was clear that I was in a gathering of academics and Ernest proved that with his first mention of American philosophy vs. French philosophy.  His talk revolved around the battle between logic and feeling in the world of video games.  Many games that are available now revolve around real life situations as it is easier for programmers to replicate real life than to generate in-depth, emotion evoking gaming experiences.  He also allud…