Last weekend Poznań Game Arena together with Game Industry Conference (former ZTG - Zjazd Twórców Gier) took place in Poznań, Poland. I have been there, just like in previous years and I liked it a lot. PGA is advertised as "biggest multimedia and entertainment event in this region of Europe." There were multiple halls filled with exhibitors of various kinds, of course all related to gaming. Lots of gaming hardware have been shown, as well as T-shirts and other fan accessories. I had an opportunity to try Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. Samsung's product seems to have higher resolution, but bigger lag between accelerometer and displayed image. Unfortunately I didn't try HTC Vive (the queue was too long), while they say it is the best of all virtual reality solutions. There was also one hall dedicated to indie games, with lots of productions available to play and discuss with their creators.
While PGA was targeted mostly to gaming fans, game developers gathered in the same time and place for GIC, which consisted of almost 100 talks, panels, workshops and other activities. Industry professionals talked about their games, academics showed their research, enthusiasts discussed their ideas and prototypes... Traditionally, most of the topics were not technical, but rather related to game design or business. Well, most games are made in Unity these days anyway, so probably there is not need to discuss quirks of DirectX or OpenGL for an average game developer. But I still believe that the opportunity for expanding knowledge beyond everyday work, for networking, catching new ideas and getting motivation boost make such events worth attending.