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GDC 2014!

I did it: I made it to GDC in San Francisco this year! I’m really excited to be able to scratch that off of my list of goals for the year!

I went to San Francisco on March 16th. With the time changes, I made it there around 1pm. I met the friend I stayed with at San Fran in the airport (we split a room); we checked into the hotel, then went to China Town. Last time I was in San Fran (for Casual Connect last summer), I meant to go to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory but forgot about it. So that was the first thing I wanted to see! You have to pay 50¢ to take pictures, which in my mind was well worth it. I got a bunch of free samples, and ended up buying several bags of fortune cookies (which actually made it home relatively intact).

After China Town, we met up with some friends at the GDC badge pickup party; GDC had officially begun! I ended up going out for dinner with some friends that night, then heading back to the hotel a bit early; Sunday was the one and only night where that happened!

Monday and Tuesday were the Narrative Summit days. Being a writer, those talks were my primary interest in GDC (besides the networking opportunities). I sat in on some excellent talks, including my friend’s day two talk about putting more sexy men into video games (“Fewer Tifas or More Sephiroths? Male Sexualization in Games”), which was being haled as THE talk of the Summit.

Day three I called a “me” day. My friend and I stayed and chatted in the hotel until about noon. Eventually we wandered to the conference, although she went sooner than I did because she had an All Access pass (I only had as Summits and Tutorials badge, which meant there was a lot less for me to do on the latter three days of GDC). So I went to a round table, then went to meet another friend of mine and go see the Golden Gate Bridge. The two of us have been friends on Xbox Live for 6-7 years; last Wednesday was our first time meeting in person.

The final two days were mostly networking and checking out both the Expo Hall and GDC Play. I wish I had discovered GDC Play sooner than Friday because it was a lot of fun!

In the end, I had a really great time seeing old friends and meeting new ones. And now I’m hoping to make it back to GDC next year!

Pictures from my trip can be found here if you’re interested. 🙂


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It is official: I am going to GDC!

I know that I made getting to GDC one of my goals for the year.  But over the last few weeks, I was worried that getting to San Francisco this March wouldn’t be a reality.  But I’ve managed to sort everything out and have registered for the conference.  I’ve also spoken with a friend and we’re going to room together.

I can’t wait!  🙂

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Casual Connect

Last week I was in San Francisco to attend Casual Connect.  I’ve never been to San Francisco before, so I made sure to add a few days for sightseeing (and if you’re interested, here are all the pictures I took during my trip).

I’ve attended Casual Connect twice before, when it was held in Seattle.  But both of those times I went only for the IGDA Summit, not for the full conference.  Last year a friend recommended that I attend the entire conference, so I listened to her advice and got myself a full pass.  That pass got me into the IGDA Summit as well, so I was able to sit in on their talks again this year.

I didn’t end up attending many of the talks during the first two days.  The first day I spent figuring out the layout of the conference (it was rather maze-like) and talking to people at all the booths.  The IGDA Summit started on day 2, but instead of sitting in on the talks I ended up spending a lot of time at the Indie Showcase, playing games and chatting with the developers.  While I did sit in on some talks on day 3, I wasn’t able to see everything that interested me; I’m going to catch the ones I missed (from all three days!) once they’re available online.

The one thing I missed was having a dedicated after-hours hangout spot like GDC Online’s Gingerman.  I know that the previous Casual Connects I’ve been to didn’t have anything like that either, but it would be really nice if they did.  While there was no dedicated place to meet people, there were some great parties put on by the sponsors.

All in all, Casual Connect was  a great conference.  I hope I’ll be able to go back again next year!

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