Reminder: Register for GDC 2017 by tomorrow to avoid paying full price!

We’re almost there: The 2017 Game Developers Conference is happening next week in San Francisco! That means that f you haven’t registered to attend the show yet, now’s the time!

Your window to register for GDC 2017 and save up to $300 will close tomorrow, February 25th at 11:59 PM Pacific! You can still register after that, either online or on-site at GDC, but you’ll have to pay full price.

Register now for access to a wide variety of talks, roundtable discussions, postmortems and workshops — including some special surprises! Plus, all passholders will also have access to the GDC Expo Floor, located within the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, which will once again showcase cutting-edge technology from some of the industry’s biggest and most influential companies.

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Watch Nina Freeman & Tim Schafer host the IGF & GDC Awards next week!

As everyone is getting ready for GDC 2017 next week, organizers want to quickly remind you that next Wednesday, March 1st, both the Game Developers Choice Awards and the Independent Games Festival awards will be streamed online so everybody can take part.

Nina Freeman, the game designer of the acclaimed 2016 IGF Nuovo Award-winning title Cibele, will make her debut this year as the Independent Games Festival awards, now in its 19th year of celebrating and honoring the work of independent game makers.

Later in the evening the same stage will welcome back Double Fine Productions founder Tim Schafer, who will be hosting the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards.

The ceremonies kick off at 6:30 PM Pacific on Wednesday, March 1st during GDC 2017 in San Francisco. As always, the IGF Awards are up first, followed by the GDC Awards.

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If you’re coming to GDC 2017, know your GDC Code of Conduct!

[The 31st edition of GDC is taking place next week in San Francisco! As we prepare for the show, GM of GDC events and all-around Boss Lady Meggan Scavio is here to highlight the official code of conduct for GDC and all of its related events.]

With the 2017 Game Developers Conference just a few days away, now is a great time to remind everyone of a set of rules we have established for the event. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the GDC Code of Conduct, as these rules will be strictly enforced.

Our intention is for GDC to be a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion.

We will not tolerate behavior that suggests otherwise.

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Coming to GDC 2017 next week? Use these travel tips and discounts!

Given that the 2017 Game Developers Conference kicks off next week in San Francisco, the folks organizing the conference want to make sure that everyone planning to attend the big event is well-equipped to have a good time — both while they’re at the conference, and while they’re in the city at large.

With that in mind, all GDC 2017 attendees are encouraged to check out the GDC Travel hub, which has helpful resources for arranging transportation, planning out your stay, picking the right accommodations and finding the perfect places to visit nearby for food, drinks, music, and more.

Also, GDC organizers have worked with local transit companies to arrange special discounts for folks attending the show!

This year, GDC attendees who use the Lyft car-calling service can use the code “LYFT2GDC” to enjoy 20 percent off 2 rides to/from the Moscone Center for Game Developers Conference! (*This promotion is subject to terms and conditions which are spelled out in full below.)

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Take your career in games to the next level at GDC 2017!

The 2017 Game Developers Conference is next week, and today show officials want to remind you about the great career growth and networking opportunities attendees can take advantage of at the show!

First and foremost, you should check out the Careers @ GDC hub for a thorough rundown of all the ways to view companies recruiting at GDC, as well as other career advancement opportunities you can access during the conference.

You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the Career Theater, a special venue (booth N5220) in the North Hall of the Moscone Convention Center where you can take in high-level career development sessions programmed by GDC and top game companies like WB and Sony.

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Watch the trailer for the 2017 Game Developers Choice Awards!

The nominees for the 17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer recognition celebrating the industry’s top games, studios and devs, have been revealed — and now you can watch some of them extend a personal invitation to watch the show live during GDC 2017 next week!

In advance of the awards ceremony next week, a special video featuring many of the nominees (as well as Double Fine Productions founder and returning awards host Tim Schafer) has been published on the official GDC YouTube channel that you should definitely check out.

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Check out this lineup of cool interactive spaces at GDC 2017!

The 2017 Game Developers Conference is happening next week! With that in mind, show organizers want to give you the lowdown on all the cool interactive spaces and exhibits attendees will have access to during the event.

Encompassing everything from Train Jam game jam prototypes to a smorgasbord of tabletop games and the world’s leading lineup of alternative controller games, the interactive spaces at GDC are designed to introduce you to a nice slice of the most interesting work being done by game makers across the industry.

So while you’re planning out your GDC 2017 session schedule in the Schedule Builder, don’t forget to set some time aside to check out the variety of lounges, exhibits, and other events that will be happening across the Moscone Center throughout the week.

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At GDC 2017, get expert tips on improving your game’s user experience

With less than a week to go until the 2017 Game Developers Conference, show organizers want to quickly make sure you don’t miss out on a neat panel discussion taking place during the conference’s special UX Summit.

In a panel on “Playing the Middle: Balancing Trust, Creativity, and Business in the Science of Experience“, a panel of veteran game devs from across the industry will have a boisterous discussion about the effects of data, creativity, and development constraints on the user experience in games.

It promises to be a great talk, because the panelists include Ian Livingston (Senior User Experience Researcher, Electronic Arts), Corey May (Senior Narrative Director, 2K Games), Jonathan Dankoff (User Research Manager, WB Games Montreal), Alex Hutchinson (Creative Director, Ubisoft) and Chris Lang (Senior Producer, Bungie.)

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Watch the trailer for the 2017 Independent Games Festival Awards!

The finalists have been revealed for the Independent Games Festival‘s esteemed 19th annual awards, which honor the most influential, innovate and acclaimed projects in independent game development — and now you can catch a glimpse of some of the finalists, along with their award-nominated games!

In advance of the awards ceremony next week, a very special trailer for the 19th annual IGF awards has been published on the official GDC YouTube channel that you should definitely check out.

It’s short and sweet, featuring charming finalists introducing their games (along with gameplay clips) as well as a special invitation to the awards ceremony from the host herself.

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Attend GDC 2017 and learn to make better games using cutting-edge math

Game devs, take note: GDC 2017 organizers would like to give you a preview of the cutting-edge discussions taking place during the day-long Math for Game Programmers tutorial which will help kick off the conference next month.

And of course, this is just one of many excellent Bootcamps and Tutorials scheduled during the first two days of GDC — that’s next Monday and Tuesday, February 27th and February 28th this year!

This math-focused tutorial day is super-useful because as games and gaming platforms continue to evolve and diversify, so has the complexity and variety of problems facing the modern game programmer. Creating the latest code for graphics, gameplay, animation, physical simulation, and artificial intelligence requires thorough knowledge of the necessary mathematical underpinnings.

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