"This was reckless by every standard. It was not a business decision. It was an answer to the question...What would I do if I were going to be dead in a year?"
- Butterscotch Shenanigans' Sam Coster, speaking at GDC 2017.
Butterscotch Shenanigans' Crashlands was developed by a team of three brothers in response to one of them, Samuel Coster, being diagnosed with late stage cancer.
At GDC 2017, Coster took the stage to talk frankly about the experience. It was an incredibly moving talk about the parallel stories of one family's battle with cancer and the creation of a cross-platform crafting RPG, with an overarching message of inspiration: continue your great work, no matter what life throws at you.
It's an absolute must-watch for any game developer, or anyone really. If you missed it in person, no worries -- you can now watch the whole talk entirely for free over on the official GDC YouTube channel!
In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault and its new YouTube channel offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers.
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