This Time It's Different: Understanding the next-gen transition
"Whenever revolution cools into evolution, then both technology and culture turn up the burner to try and bring things back to a boil."
- Industry veteran Don Daglow speaks at GDC Europe 2013 about the technological and cultural factors that contributed to this time of industry-wide hardware transition.
We think of console titles as a separate channel from all other games, but the current hardware transition creates risks and opportunities across mobile and online platforms as well. Will the new consoles solve industry problems or will the struggles of the current cycle continue? What traditions can we rely on in console game development and what will change?
Industry veteran Don Daglow has worked through every generation of console game development, from Atari vs. Intellivision to PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One. In this GDC Europe 2013 talk he shares his advice on how developers can sidestep the traps of a hardware transition cycle and reap the rewards of deploying revolutionary game designs at a time when the market is unstable and ripe for disruption.
It's a good talk, so we've gone ahead and embedded the free video of "This Time It's Different: Treasures and Traps in the Next Gen Transition" above. You can also watch it here
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