Wednesday, October 7, 2009

An Evening with Dona Bailey (Creator of Centipede)

An Evening with Dona Bailey (Creator of Centipede) will be held in Harrison, AR, on Tuesday, November 3rd.  There's no cost, but you have to register to attend in order to win any prizes.


A lot of us grew up during the 70's and 80's, so this is going to be huge...
Dona Bailey, the designer and programmer of the video game Centipede, is coming to the Ozarks DNUG in Harrison, AR, on Tuesday, November 3rd. She will give a presentation on 3D Modeling and take questions about her days at Atari.
Here are links to a few articles about Dona...
Dona's Wikipedia Entry
An Interview with Dona
Dona at the Women in Games International Summit
Designing a game that impacted the whole world, using Assembly language and the 6502 processor...I'm amazed and can't wait to hear Dona's stories!

3D Modeling by Dona Bailey

Dona Bailey will give a 3D modeling demo, outline the elements for learning 3D modeling, and speak about the benefits of manipulating 3D space. Making 3D models improves spatial literacy, which is an essential 21st-century literacy. Until recently software packages for 3D modeling were prohibitively expensive, and thus available for only the privileged. Open source 3D modeling software is now accessible for anyone who is interested.
Bailey will also be glad to answer any questions about her work at Atari in Sunnyvale, CA, and the 1981 arcade game, Centipede.

Dona Bailey Bio
Dona Bailey grew up in Arkansas, then moved to California and New York before returning to Arkansas to be closer to family. During her years in California and New York, she worked as a computer programmer, systems analyst, database analyst, and academic data researcher. Since returning to Arkansas, Bailey has taught multimedia courses at the college level, and she is now a faculty member in the department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Bailey teaches writing courses that incorporate digital tools and new literacy elements.

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Social Networking
6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Prizes

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Presentation: "3D Modeling" by Dona Bailey
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM After Meeting Wrap-Up 

To register...

You do want to register so you're eligible to win a prize.  There's no guarantees, but we're looking into giving away a vintage Centipede arcade game.  An Atari Flashback 2 and other gaming prizes are also possible.  You won't know for sure what we're giving away unless you come, and you can't win unless you register.

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