EPXCON 2014

The first weekend of great weather had many staying inside Art Building West on the University of Iowa Campus. They were inside to see video game developers speak at EPXCON 2014. The event was created by EPX Studios, a student group at the University of Iowa. This is the third year that the conference has taken place in Iowa City. PAX East fell on the same weekend, but the Glitched Online team was at EPXCON to talk with the developers.

Ian Dallas gave an on-stage walk-through of the hit PlayStation 3 game The Unfinshed Swan. Dallas is the creative director for Giant Sparrow, the team behind The Unfinshed Swan.

Dallas sat down with me for a video interview.

Paul Yan, the animation director for Toys for Bob, spoke about redesigning the Spyro universe for Skylanders. Yan started his career in animation in college when he made his own animated short film Egghunt, which won multiple awards. He has worked on multiple games including Madagascar, Madagascar 2, and Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam.

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Photo courtesy of Paul Yan.

Yan presented at EPXCON 2014 on his history as an animator and demonstrated the difficulties of designing a game with multiple playable characters. His presentations focused on the most recent release in the Skylanders series, Skylanders Giants.

Paul Yan joined me for an audio interview.

Ian Dallas and Paul Yan weren’t the only game developers at the conference. Check out Glitched Online’s other articles on developers at EPXCON 2014!

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