GDC 2013

We have a thread for PAX East. We have a thread for last year. GDC 2013 is just a week or two away tomorrow, so I figured it was time to talk about it.

Any news you're looking forward to, games you want to hear about, or plans to be in the area?

Who is going? Who is not going but still wants to talk about it? Who can get me a VIP invite for Notch's party?

Also, any predictions for the IGF?

I'm headed out there for the first time this year! Very exciting. There are so many fascinating panels that I'm at a loss for where to even start.

Looking forward to the student IGF games quite a bit - played Farsh and it was super relaxing and well put together. There was nothing in that game that didn't need to be there.

Seeing as it the main party was open to everyone, not just GDC attendees, I'm curious if anyone is attending the Wild Rumpus party on Wednesday.

I'm not going but I'll totally be around. 'Cause, y'know, I live here and stuff.

The only two things I'm interested in:

1. Drunk developers on the Giant Bombcast

2. The state of the ponytail situation

Spoiler:

Full disclosure: I had long hair until a year ago, and it was often in that state.

Kite wrote:

I'm headed out there for the first time this year! Very exciting. There are so many fascinating panels that I'm at a loss for where to even start.

Well, just don't try to do everything at once, like I did last year.

Kite wrote:

Seeing as it the main party was open to everyone, not just GDC attendees, I'm curious if anyone is attending the Wild Rumpus party on Wednesday.

I'll probably be there.

OK, this is my first really hard decision: the DayZ talk, or the Dishonored story design talk?

Triple posting to note that the IGDA stuff seems to be blowing up. About time, since this is a repeat of last year.

Gremlin wrote:

Triple posting to note that the IGDA stuff seems to be blowing up. About time, since this is a repeat of last year.

As someone who was involved with a quasi-student branch in college, it's depressing to hear about the hosted parties the last two years. Good to hear people are taking a stand finally.

shoptroll wrote:
Gremlin wrote:

Triple posting to note that the IGDA stuff seems to be blowing up. About time, since this is a repeat of last year.

As someone who was involved with a quasi-student branch in college, it's depressing to hear about the hosted parties the last two years. Good to hear people are taking a stand finally.

I hope so. There's been a bunch of protest resignations.

I'm at the IGDA annual meeting right now--no mention yet of any of this, but they haven't opened the floor to questions yet.

EDIT: And the first question was about the party. And: http://gamasutra.com/view/news/18954...

Wow. Just... wow. This entire response just reeks of a lack of professionalism and willingness to take responsibility for what happened.

"What we need is... participation and dialogue. We would love to have members of our organization speak up, give us advice, tell us what you think. So we need to know what we can do to do a better job in the future."

This is completely tone deaf. It's pretty clear that the problem was the people on stage, not the community. They're admitting that they have no idea what's wrong.

Even more galling is the response Kotaku got from YetiZen:

YetiZen CEO Sana Choudary has responded saying that her company will have a statement on Saturday. Why the delay? Choudary's e-mail to Kotaku: "Reason for this unlike the people spreading this in the press now I actually have critical business meetings and milestones we need to hit next few days. Business success doesn't come if I let every person with a bone take away my concentration from my key goals."

Hey, it doesn't work like that. Those "people with a bone" are potential clients. You're the CEO. You're the company's top representative to the public, to your clients, and to your investors. You don't brush anyone off. It shows a lack of professionalism on your part, which is never what you want to communicate.

On a dying phone battery, but I've been disappointed with the response I saw. Someone used their comment to say that if people had objections they should have filed them earlier--that the potentially objectionable things had been known far enough in advance that if people really cared they could have said something...and the entire room applauded.

I couldn't think of anything constructive to say at the time. I wish I had. I left before descending into raving madness, which leaves me disappointed in myself but I'm still not sure if there was anything useful I could have done at that point.

If anyone wants to suggest a course of action, I'm in...in another context, the board admitted that they get virtually no good communication from the chapters, and in this case they abdicated responsibility because they didn't hear complaints. YetiZen's parties have consistently been problematic, and if the board didn't see this coming I seriously question their judgement.

The unconference was going on at the same time, which might have influenced who showed up. Brenda was conspicuously absent, though active on Twitter.

Edit: um, whoops. Sorry for the quadruple post.

Edit: doublepost

Edit 2: well, since it's here anyway, why not have some content?

The highlight of this morning for me was the Game Design Challenge. You will probably be able to find descriptions of what went down there all over the place, but being there was awesome. Richard Lemarchand actually ran off the stage to grab an envelope once he realized that there were a couple spares.

The Wild Rumpus party wasn't really my kind of scene (too noisy and crowded) but once people cleared out and I found the Winnitron in the corner I enjoyed myself (and no Yeti-incidents).

Edit: triplepost

Edit 2: I see your ponytails, and I raise you a fedora: http://devswearingthegdcfedora.tumblr.com

Haha, thanks for the link to the Devs wearing the fedora! Pretty sweet, although I was kinda sad to have to get to page 3 to find a woman in there! =/
I think John Romero's pic was the awesomest!