In this 2017 GDC session, PopCap Games' Becky Allen provides an in-depth look at the experiments that shaped the music systems of PopCap's digital collectible card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.
It was an in-depth look at the experiments that helped shape the game's music systems, as well as what went into rebuilding the entire score using custom-recorded MIDI sample banks halfway through, and continuing to tighten the link between music and gameplay all the way up until the game's release.
Allen revealed how extensive prototyping eventually led to a "Saturday morning cartoon" vibe with exciting music and systems that complemented each other and made the game feel "alive" in a way only music can.
It was a great talk, and now you can watch it anytime because it's available to watch for free via the official GDC YouTube channel!
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