Director’s Cut: Japanese Developers Take GDC

Good morning everyone! One of the traditions we work hard to present at GDC is the tremendous wealth of Japanese developers on site. We’ve already talked about developers from Nintendo and Square Enix, but we’ve got a few more luminary folks to share with you. I’ll go through them quickly, as there’s a lot to cover.

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Director’s Cut: Brains

Hello everyone! A rare Thursday update from me, largely because we’re going to push the schedule live early next week (yes, it’s true), and we have a handful of interesting talks that need to go live beforehand. I know a lot of folks out there like these updates to have a theme, and so it strikes me that the common theme on these late arrivals is, well, brains.

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Director’s Cut: The Return of Nintendo

Hello everyone! So two very important bits of information are going out today. One is the Wednesday keynote announcement, which I’m not going to talk about here because that actually goes live later this morning. The other is a trio of Nintendo talks going live today, which we’re very excited to host at GDC.

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Director’s Cut: The Past, Present, and Future of Broad Appeal

Hello everyone, welcome back from the break! I had hoped to get an update out to you last week, but I had to focus on actually developing GDC. In the meantime, I hope you had a chance to check out our Thursday keynote announcement of luminary futurist Ray Kurzweil, who we’ve challenged to propose the next 20 years of games.

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Director’s Cut: A Few of Our Favorite Things

Good morning! In the spirit of the holidays, we’re debuting a handful of sessions today focused on some of our favorite games.
Ken Rolston and Mark Nelson worked on ELDER SCROLLS IV: OBLIVION together, and are giving a talk on Collaborative Writing and Vast Narratives: Principles, Processes, and Genteel Truculence. Writing frequently has a black box aura to it, and being able to apply a reliable process to something as purely creative as writing is a model that should be relevant to any discipline in game development. Plus, if you’ve ever met Ken and Mark, you know you’re in for an incredibly mind-altering time!

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Director’s Cut: Worlds are Colliding

Good morning! Let’s get right to it. A characteristic of the GDC is that it enables leading developers to share their experiments with their peers. Typically, this is presented as a postmortem of a compelling aspect of a released game. Ken Levine‘s Storytelling in BIOSHOCK talk, already posted to the GDC website, is a great example.

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Director’s Cut: Save the Cheerleader!

Welcome everyone to the official GDC blog! I’m Jamil Moledina, the executive director of the GDC. As you may have noticed, the next GDC is much earlier than usual, in February 2008, and we’re only a few short weeks away from the show. As we approach the launch, one of my goals is to post every Tuesday with some new developments on GDC. You’ll also hear from other key members of the GDC team working on new items for GDC 08.

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