GDC Day 3 – Chaos Reigns Supreme!
If CES is like a big, cheap, family-style Italian dinner, the GDC is like eating at a 4-star French restaurant (I must be hungry!). A lot of flavor is found in a small, but very satisfying meal. I am having a blast at this year’s Game Developers Conference, and I am really excited about some of the independent games that have come out recently and will be coming out in the near future. While larger conferences like the CES showcase big names (and big games), a good portion of the GDC is dedicated to the little guys, chock full of inspiration and innovation, but lacking the big budgets of the large publishers….
A full report on each game will take me a while to make, but some of the most exciting games that I’ve seen are Blueberry Garden (the Seamus McNally Grand Prize winner), Machinarium (winner of Excellence in Visual Art), Musaic Box (Excellence in Design), Dyson, Night Game, Osmos.. Honestly, the list goes on and on. It is really great to see all these games in one place and to have the opportunity not only to play them (or see what they’re like for those games still early in development), but also talk with the developers. I’ll have some thoughts on the games I have seen as well as video footage with the developer of Musaic Box coming soon.
The Awards were a lot of fun (even if they shut down the bar and buffet before I got there) and really had an Oscars-like feel to them. I have pictures and thoughts coming soon. It was great to see a game like Sins of a Solar Empire, product of a team of only 8 people, nominated along with the big boys this year, even though it didn’t win. Did you know that SoaSE was the top-selling PC game of last year? The success of games like SoaSE and World of Goo are the dream of every independent game developer, and it was really awesome to see.
I can’t wait to write and show you more about my experiences here, but in the meantime I’ll leave you with this little reminder that I haven’t forgotten about the mainstream, triple-A titles either:
Virtual cookie for the first person to guess who that is.