Game Developers Conference 2016
Klara Smits, Nele Custers and Samantha Fernandez have won the Belgian Game Development Championship and their prize is a trip to the GDC 2016 conference, which takes place March 14-18 at the Moscone conference centre in San Fransico, CA. Robby and Steven, the teachers who are accompanying them, write down their impressions.
Monday and Tuesday: Preconference summits
Highlights of what we saw in the past days are without a doubt very personal and subjective. This short overview gives a summary of the different sessions we attended.
I switched mainly between the narrative and education summit. This meant that the first 2 days consisted of me running from talk to talk without any time to spare! It is very inspiring to see colleagues from all around the world, sharing their knowledge, research and practices. Especially the narrative innovation showcase, which showed projects that push the borders of interactive narrative and the game design talk by Eric Zimmerman about using games to teach games, gave me new insights on how to improve my own courses.
GDC also facilitates engaging in a dialogue with the speakers, which means one easily starts talking to them afterwards and invite them for a guest lecture. Networking is therefore my main activity at the moment! Although jetlag and a combination of high intensity days and short nights is starting to show, the pure adrenaline and beauty of having so many people in one place who all share the same passion for videogames is awe-inspiring and will keep us going far beyond this week alone. We will be singing the game-gospel that’s being preached here when we get home, be prepared!
The game designers
Klara, Nele and Samantha are having a good time and at the end of every day we find them exhausted from all the sessions they have done and the people they have been talking to. They have mainly attended workshops in the Animation, Artificial Intelligence and Design summits, and from what we have heard, they have learned tons of new techniques and new practices.
On Wednesday the conference starts for real!