Get your pens and pencils ready, it's presentation time.

Flash Gaming Summit is less than two weeks away and, for all of you blessed with the opportunity to attend, it’s shaping up to be a great event. 13 presentations and nearly 13 flash packed hours worth of events awaits.

For those unable to attend (myself included), we’ll be able to watch a live stream of the conference online. Assuming the kind folks running Flash Gaming Summit allow us to watch the entire conference, here are the 5 presentations I’m looking forward to at 2011′s Flash Gaming Summit.

1. Flash+ A Whole New Dimension for Games

The first presentation of the day, this 45 minute talk by Lee Brimelow and Thibault Imbert takes you into the future: into the world Adobe has in store for flash game developers. If you’re interested in the latest capabilities of Flash, I have a feeling you won’t want to miss this talk.

“While I can’t go into specifics right now, I will say that there will be stuff shown in our session that has never been seen before. I try to never unnecessarily hype up sessions that I’m doing so trust me, this is going to be good!” -Lee Brimelow

2. Panel: Getting Your Games Sponsored

That’s a mighty familiar title up there, so I’m understandably excited to hear what this panel of game developers has to say. Moderated by the always entertaining Ryan Creighton, expect this panel to give some excellent insight into sponsorships and the minds of Ben Olding, Dave Fulton, Rob Donkin and Dmitry Pavlenko.

3. Panel: Polish: Make Your Games Shine

Another one of my favorite topics: polish. Although polishing a game may not be as glamorous as the name implies, it’s a crucial step in creating hit-worthy flash games. With panel members like professional game tester Mike Pollack, developer Jared Riley and more, you’re sure to get some great tips that will help your game really shine.

4. Keeping Yourself Honest in Game Design

Mistakes can be good, especially when you aren’t the one who made them. In this presentation, Andy Moore explains why his past projects failed, and what he did to correct the mistakes and build a successful franchise out of Steambirds.

I’m a big fan of game design, so I’m intrigued to hear what Andy has to say. Plus, I’ll admit it, I killed a good chunk of time playing Steambirds when it first came out.

5. Official Conference After Party / Networking Mixer

While this isn’t a presentation, it is still one of the most important events of the day. It’s a time for game developers to get to know one another, and network with potential clients, peers and friends. Whether you’re just looking to put a face to a name or want to schmooze up some potential sponsors, this is an event I wouldn’t want to miss.

Now it’s your turn.

I’ve listed my top 5 presentations of Flash Gaming Summit 2011. Which ones are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments.

Photo credit – Marco Arment


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