There's also a talk from the British Computer Society this week:
Computer Games Development: Past, Present and Future
Simon Prytherch, Head of Internal Development (Empire Interactive)
Thursday 27 April 2006, 19:30 (Tea and Coffee from 19:00), ComLab
This year will herald the arrival of new variants of both the XBOX from
Microsoft and the Sony Playstation. The games industry is worth 20
billion dollars globally and UK companies are a significant force,
contributing positively to the UK balance of payments to the tune of
£200 million in 2004.
The average game takes between 70 and 120 man years and several million
pounds to make; this is a chance to look behind the scenes at how your
favourite games are put together.
For more information, see http://www.oxon.bcs.org/program2005-6.htm#Apr