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Game Preservation Best Practices: A Real Life EA Case Study

Garrett Fredley (Software Engineer, Electronic Arts)

Location: Room 2014, West Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

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Topic: Advocacy

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Game development is a fast-paced field with titles coming out by the hundreds each year. Not only that, each year older titles are being re-released with higher graphical fidelity and improved mechanics. Are you prepared for the future? To analyze the preservation of IPs, Electronic Arts' Garrett Fredley will expose the struggles and challenges of his work preserving releases for multiple AAA sports franchises and detailing processes that can apply to nearly every game team.

Issues addressed in this session include the construction of guidelines for how preserved work that correlates to several teams (engineering, content, marketing, web and mobile companion apps, etc) should be handled, and convincing teams to follow protocols that best support future re-mastering (convincing them to keep documentation, utilizing version control solutions, etc).

This becomes increasingly complex for large-scale organizations like Electronic Arts; even more so, given their sports titles being some of the largest and most complex franchises in their portfolio. Tech issues include the challenges around leveraging tools and technology to take existing, production work and translating that into an "archived" state at such a rate that it can support yearly release cycles such as their sports franchises. This talk will provide practical tips for organizations of all sizes on preservation.

Takeaway

This talk will provide an understanding of preservation within the games industry, the importance that efficient tools and processes have, and how your company can begin working towards integrating preservation in to your own work.

Intended Audience

This talk is perfect for project managers, development leads, or those interested in discovering new methods of content management. While no previous experience is required, a short background in programming with help juxtapose some of the technical solutions with familiar concepts.