February 18, 2008
Game Developers Conference Here I Come...
Tomorrow I leave for San Francisco and my 10th Game Developers Conference ... and oh how things have changed.
When I first started to go to GDC it was a small, intimate affair that didn't even register a mention on even the most hardcore gaming sites. Even people within the industry rarely heard of GDC, and you could tell.
Lectures were never crowded, game companies never made major announcements, and you easily walk right up to Will Wright or Warren Spector or anyone at all and have an informal chat about their latest game – GDC was about as low key as you could get.
And it was beautiful thing.
GDC was a hidden oasis in the gaming world, and we liked it that way.
But with the death of E3 and the explosion of gaming in general, the oasis has transformed into an all-night kegger with an endless stream of party-crashers. Somehow GDC became mainstream and now everyone and anyone attends GDC.
But yet I still love it and wouldn't miss it for the world! If you want to learn about videogames, how to make them, market them, sell them, or do anything at all within the industry, GDC is the place to be. And I'll be, right along with the other party-crashers celebrating my love for gaming.
With that being said, tomorrow I am off for GDC 2008 and this year I have a full-schedule. Just a few highlights:
In addition, I'm going to be helping out my good friends over at Evil Avatar in covering GDC this year. So look for some of my coverage there as well.
So stick around, hang out in the forums, and check back frequently. It should be a crazy week!