Friday, March 11, 2011

GDC 2011 Roundup/PAX East Teaser

It seems like GDC was just last week and here we go, it’s time for yet another conference/expo/excuse to play B.U.T.T.O.N. I’m reporting live from nowhere near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Fortunately, Gamer Melodico’s PAX East 2011 coverage is being ably handled by the indefatigable J.P. Grant and Sarah Elmaleh, both of whom we should be hearing from soon. Stay tuned!

As for GDC—what a trip! Awards were given (most of them to Minecraft), hands were shook, panels were attended, eyes were pinkened, and most of all some absolutely amazing people were met. A week has passed, and my voice shows no signs of returning.

Truth be told, it was my first GDC and I had somewhat limited access—so here are some of my favorite #gdc11 posts from around the web. Read this modest selection, and it’ll be like you were there! (At least, as much as I was.)
  • How to Write a Book About Games,” by Simon Ferrari. Not a post about GDC per se, but one of the first posts of the week written by-and-for GDC attendees. My first book will be titled Idetestinfinitespawnism in your honor, Simon. It’s going to open with a diatribe about the doctrine of eternal recurrence as it applies to Black Ops, and it’s going to be epic.
  • Rollercoaster Bias,” by Michael Abbott. The Brainy Gamer sits in on Heavy Rain creator David Cage’s panel, carefully deconstructing Cage’s arguments while still managing to give them a fair shake.
  • Clint Hocking on Dynamics,” by David Carlton. Reading David’s notes on the various GDC panels may well be the next best thing to having been there—this one in particular is one of a handful that he has singled out as particularly enlightening, but if there are any panels you’d wanted and failed to attend, all are worth perusing. For more information than the human brain can withstand, he has organized the rest of his very packed schedule by day: Mon - Tues - Weds - Thurs - Fri.
  • The Many Faces of Tim Schafer,” by Kirk Hamilton with photos by Brian M. Taylor. This piece needs no introduction, but take care to view it in its entirety before moving on to...
  • Mr. Schafer, I Presume,” by Kill Screen staff. Bwah ha ha ha.
If this list seems incredibly short, you’re completely right on—but it’s late and I’m hungry. Please do feel free to tell me what I missed in the comments.
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