Motion control and social gaming were the hot topics at GDC, the annual convention for game designers, programmers and creatives.
The Game Developer’s Conference is the place to be and Living Arts College students and faculty were there to “rub elbows” with the industry leaders.
Sony shook up the conference with a splashy introduction of the PlayStation Move. Watch out Nintendo… this will rival the Wii.
The biggest buzz was reserved for social gaming, a form of easy-to-play online multiplayer games. The success of “Farmville” and “Mafia Wars” is amazing. LAC students Holly Rowland, Michael Grant, Alexa Riley and Alex Loeffler checked out “Power Gig.” The upcoming guitar game was introduced in a mocked-up living room populated with hipsters rocking out to “Power Gig.”
“Civilization” and “Railroad Tycoon” designer Sid Meier delivered a keynote speech to hundreds of onlookers on the psychology of game design. Meier is the Director of Creative Development at Firaxis Games.
The students who attended had these things to say:
“GDC was a terrific experience and it was very exciting to meet so many industry professionals.” Holly Rowland
“It was big, it was long, very educational……definitely a learning experience.” Alexa Riley
“It was a great opportunity to get a ton of insight in the industry.” Michael Grant
“GDC was a very good opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals.” Patrick VanNortwick
“It was a great networking opportunity.” Alex Loeffler