So today was a great first day. I mainly attended the IGDA chapter workshop from 1-6, which I'll report on later once they post the official meeting notes to go with my own perceptions. Other than that I hung out in the Press Lounge and walked the convention center, then went to some parties/events later in the evening.
Along the way I ran into many people, most old, some new. Here's a pictography.
Nick Smolney (Xbox Exclusive), Sande Chen (WomenInGames) and Coray Seifert (THQ|Kaos Studios) have a chat in the Press Lounge
Ben Serviss (Creoludus) chats it up with Eric Lamendola (Slingo, Inc.)
Bumped into Neil Kirby (Lucent) on his way to lunch
Ran into Steve "ferretman" Woodcock for the second time on my way out of the IGDA session
Bill Crosby (Rutgers U.) along with John Black and Chuck Kinzer (Columbia U.) talk afterwards about the Serious Games Summit
Robin, GDC's official photographer, caught in the act
Mike Sweeney (Slingo, Inc.) and Ben Serviss talk shop with a fellow SGS attendee
DaveRM (GameDev.net) and Sande Chen are also engaged in conversation
Habib Loew, a student at DigiPen and an avid GDNet enthusiast, talks mobile gaming with Schematic's Karthik Swamithian
Back to San Jose... back to Johny Rockets!! Clockwise from left: Kenneth Johnson, Nick Smolney, Jeff Ward, Ben Serviss, Coray Seifert, Roger Pederson, Mike Sweeney, Karthik Swamithian, Eric Lamendola
Eric and Kenny chat with latecomer Kristoffer Schalchter (Nickelodeon)
Mark DeLoura (Sony), well known for the Gems series of books, stopped by JR as well to grab a bite to eat
Dave Weinstein (Microsoft), speaker extrodinaire, caught in his natural habitat. Or... maybe just habit
Wade Tinney and Josh Welber from Large Animal Games were kind enough to give me a lift back to my hotel in their taxi. Thanks guys!
Damn that's a lot of people! There were also a few I didn't manage to get on camera yet, like Rudy Geronimo and Jason Della ROcca from the IGDA, John Fiel, Dustin Clingman (tho technically he's in this shot)... it was great being able to catch up with all these guys (and gals) on the very first day of the conference. Looking forward to further discussions and meetings tomorrow!