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Updates » GDC
Building a partnership between writers and narrative designers  
by Katherine Cross [03.19.18]
Telltale Games' Eric Stirpe and Molly Maloney discuss the difference between narrative design and writing for games.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

A Mortician's Tale deconstructs how death should be designed  
by Emma Kidwell [03.19.18]
Laundry Bear Games' Gabby DaRienzo discusses how A Mortician's Tale innovates on death mechanics, and shares strategies on how game developers can best explore death in their own games.
Indie, Design, GDC

Life Is Strange writer on how to run a successful writer's room Exclusive  
by Simon Parkin [03.19.18]
Narrative director at Deck Nine and lead writer on Life is Strange: Before the Storm Zak Garriss discusses how to run a successful writer's room.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC

Scope Creep: A useful, treacherous tool, says Heat Signature dev  
by Kris Graft [03.19.18]
"Scope creep is a bad, dirty term, yet it’s also been my fundamental development technique," joked Tom Francis, developer behind the games Heat Signature and Gunpoint.
Indie, Design, Production, GDC

In order to create empathy in players, writers need to get personal  
by Emma Kidwell [03.19.18]
iThrive Games' senior creative director Heidi McDonald opened her talk at GDC this afternoon on the narrative burden that writers carry when creating empathy.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Appreciating the magic (and power) of hidden game mechanics 1
by Alex Wawro [03.19.18]
At GDC 2018 game designer Jennifer Scheurle breaks down how some of the biggest games "trick" players, showcasing how being a good game maker sometimes requires taking advantage of human perception.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Facebook releases engagement-focused Games SDK  
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.18]
Facebook has released its new Games SDK that aims to let developers build Facebook-based sharing functionality into projects with the goal of boosting community engagement.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Google Play is launching download-free instant games  
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.18]
Google Play Instant is currently in closed beta. The company hopes that the friction-free download option will bolster the power of social shares and marketing campaigns.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video, GDC

Microsoft launches DirectX Raytracing to streamline real-time rendering 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.18]
Microsoft has introduced four new concepts to the DirectX 12 API that aim to give developers entirely new rendering options and bridge the gap between commonly used rasterization techniques.
Console/PC, Programming, Video, GDC

Unreal Engine 4 adds Magic Leap One support  
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.18]
Unreal Engine 4 developers can now create for Magic Leap's Magic Leap One mixed reality headset thanks to recently added Lumin SDK support.
VR, Magic Leap, GDC

Amazon debuts GameOn, a new cross-platform competitive game platform  
by Alex Wawro [03.19.18]
As the Game Developers Conference kicks off today Amazon unveiled GameOn, a new platform aimed at helping devs implement cross-platform (mobile, console, PC) competitive multiplayer in their games.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Reminder: Know and abide by your GDC Code of Conduct! 4
by Staff [03.16.18]
With GDC 2018 kicking off next week, GDC general manager Katie Stern is here to highlight the official code of conduct for GDC and all of its related events.
Serious, GDC

Don't miss your opportunities to make new friends and contacts at GDC  
by Staff [03.15.18]
The 2018 Game Developers Conference is just days away, and that means now is the right time for attendees to brush up on all the ways you can meet interesting new people at the show!
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

At GDC 2018, get expert insight on how to teach game dev around the world  
by Staff [03.15.18]
At GDC 2018, educator and American University Game Lab director Lindsay Grace digs into some important questions for game dev educators around the world.
Serious, GDC

Hone your game design skills at the GDC 2018 Game Design Workshop  
by Staff [03.14.18]
GDC 2018 attendees are invited to attend the two-day workshop and take part in hands-on activities, group discussion, analysis and critique of the art and science of game design!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Learn to better fight toxicity from the new Fair Play Alliance at GDC 2018  
by Staff [03.14.18]
Heads up, game makers: the 2018 Game Developers Conference starts Monday, and this year organizers are excited to welcome a lineup of great talks from the folks at the Fair Play Alliance!
Serious, Design, GDC

Supercell, Pixar, and top devs share insights at the GDC 2018 Vision track!  
by Staff [03.13.18]
GDC 2018 marks the return of the Vision Track - a series of mini-keynotes featuring great speakers and forward-thinking companies discussing the future of the game industry!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

See these 10 devs compete to make the best game pitch at GDC 2018  
by Staff [03.13.18]
10 selected dev teams will each be offered pitch prep and training, then get 5 minutes to pitch (in front of a live audience!) at GDC 2018, followed by questions, advice, and feedback from the judges.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Learn more about the state of Steam from SteamSpy's creator at GDC 2018! 1
by Staff [03.12.18]
At GDC 2018, SteamSpy creator Sergey Galyonkin will walk you through (among other things) the significant changes that happened to Steam in 2017 and their effect on new games sales.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Check out the winners of GDC Play 2018!  
by Staff [03.09.18]
GDC organizers have revealed the 'Best in Play' awards for exhibitors in the on-site GDC Play 2018 event, honoring remarkable games like Furious Seas and A Fold Apart!
Indie, GDC