Check out the winners of GDC Play 2018!

With weeks to go until the 2018 Game Developers Conference, organizers are pleased to announce the eight winners of the Best in Play award program for exhibitors in the three-day GDC Play 2018 event, which helps emerging developers to show their games at GDC.

Being honored as a winner is kind of a big deal, because — as part of the Best in Play award program — all GDC Play exhibitors were judged on their in-development or complete games by a panel of veteran GDC organizers.

Now, each of these eight Best in Play award winners (listed below) will receive 2 All Access Passes to the 2019 Game Developers Conference. Winners will also receive special ‘Best In Play’ designations they can attach to their table at GDC 2018, where their games will be playable by all GDC attendees.

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Attend GDC 2018 and get an Epic look at the art design of Fortnite

The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco is nearly here, and with it comes a fantastic presentation from the team at Epic Games about how they found the right look for their breakout success Fortnite!

As part of the Visual Arts track of talks, Epic art director Peter Ellis will be delivering a deep dive on the topic in his session on “Developing the Art of ‘Fortnite.”

You want to see this talk because Ellis plans to cover not just the evolution of art style used in Fornitebut also general best practices used to create a triple-A quality free-to-play game with a small art team. It’s especially worthwhile if you work in (or are thinking of working in) Unreal Engine, since Ellis aims to give you fresh insight into how to best create stylized art inside UE4.

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Diamond Partner Q&A: Microsoft execs pitch you their products and services you’ll see at GDC 2018

At GDC 2018, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with an array of sponsors who help fuel the games industry, including our Diamond Partners, whose support plays an integral role to the success of GDC.

To introduce you to our Diamond Partner at Microsoft, we’ve reached out to 3 key executives who are leading products, services, and initiatives that you’ll see on the expo floor at GDC 2018.

Don’t miss out! The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next March will be a hub for many more great industry titans. For more visit the show’s official website.

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Come out to GDC 2018 and learn to better tell stories in VR!

If you’re coming to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this month and you have any interest in how devs are learning to tell compelling stories in virtual reality, we have a talk you won’t want to miss!

As part of VRDC @ GDC, Baobab Studios cofounder Eric Darnell will be presenting “‘INVASION!’: Crafting a VR Story“.  Boabob creates animated VR experiences, and in his talk Darnell will break down the challenges of telling a narrative VR story where the user has control, as well as techniques Baobab has developed to tackle them.

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Don’t overlook these helpful discoverability talks at GDC 2018!

Getting your game in front of the right people is tricky business, more so now than ever, so today organizers of the 2018 Game Developers Conference want to highlight a few great talks at the show that will help you do just that!

Each of these sessions is aimed at giving you techniques and tips on ensuring your game doesn’t get lost in the shuffle, and instead finds its way to the people who will appreciate it most.

For example, in “Marketing Judo: How to Sell Your Indie Game” Butterscotch Shenanigans’ Sam Coster will share some unintuitive lessons about the attention marketplace for games that will help you pare down your marketing activities to focus on what really moves the needle.

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Attend GDC 101 at GDC this year to get the most out of your show!

Two weeks from today we’ll be smack dab in the middle of the 2018 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and organizers are preparing a special session that will help you get the most out of your time at the show.

It’s a special event called GDC 101, and it’s taking place on Tuesday, March 20th (two weeks from today!) at 5 PM Pacific on the third floor of the Moscone Convention Center’s West Hall.

If it’s your first time attending GDC, or if you just want to get a quick overview of what to see and do at the show, you want to attend this crash course on getting the most out of your time at GDC 2018. Covering everything from GDC program specifics to general best practices for networking, GDC 101 will give you tips and tricks to choose the right sessions, meet more people, and achieve your goals. Don’t miss it!

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Brush up on advanced game graphics techniques at GDC 2018

Heads up, GDC attendees: The GDC 2018 Advanced Graphics Techniques Tutorial on Monday, March 19th, 2018 is going to be a fantastic opportunity for you to take a day-long deep dive into the nuts and bolts of rendering gorgeous graphics in games.

Brought to you as a collaboration of the industry’s leading hardware and software vendors, this day-long tutorial provides professional insight on how to create cutting-edge game graphics on the PC platform.

Special emphasis is placed on advanced graphics techniques that use modern low-level APIs to produce stunning visuals and achieve speed-of-light performance on contemporary GPUs. These will be delivered by NVIDIA’s and AMD’s demo and developer technology teams as well as some of the top game developers who ship major games into the marketplace.

In addition to illustrating the details of rendering advanced real-time visual effects, this tutorial will cover a series of vendor-neutral optimizations that developers need to keep in mind when designing their engines and shaders.

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Don’t miss all the cool machine learning talks at GDC this year!

Amid all the hustle and bustle of the 2018 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this month, make sure you don’t overlook one of the most intriguing tech topics being discussed at the show: how top devs are applying machine learning techniques to make better games.

For example, Naughty Dog technical art director Andrew Maximov is hosting a multi-day roundtable dedicated entirely to the art and business of machine learning in game dev.

Come by to engage with (or listen in on) the lively discussion about how deep learning based artificial intelligence is going to affect video game production in the years to come. A wide swathe of topics wll be covered, including the use of neural networks in game content generation, their value at runtime, and how you can integrate this technology into your creative process.

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Come to GDC for an inside look at the AI driving Horizon Zero Dawn!

With weeks to go until San Francisco plays host to the 2018 Game Developers Conference, we want to make sure you know about a great talk the folks at Guerrilla Games are presenting on the AI systems driving their 2017 hit Horizon Zero Dawn.

As part of the GDC 2018 AI Summit, Guerrilla’s own Julian Berteling will be delivering “Beyond ‘Killzone‘: Creating New AI Systems for ‘Horizon Zero Dawn“, a session that aims to show you exactly what changes the veteran triple-A studio made to switch from having to support a single human enemy in closed corridor spaces to a game with more than 25 wildly different characters in a large open world.

Specifically, Berteling hopes to explain how Guerrilla changed the navigation and animation systems that made the characters in Horizon Zero Dawn move realistically. Additionally, this session will offer useful details on how these changes impacted Guerilla’s workflow throughout the project, so you can get a better sense of how similar work might affect your own projects.

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Speaker Q&A: Jodie Azhar advocates for formalizing technical art processes

As game development teams achieve veteran status working on project after project, questions begin to arise about formally documenting what were once improvised solutions to commonplace problems. But how should developers, especially technical artists, go about formalizing these processes?

At GDC 2018, Creative Assembly lead technical artist Jodie Azhar wants to help developers solve that problem. As part of the technical artist bootcamp, she’ll be giving a talk on what happens when tech art teams need to stabilize workflows in order to save time in the long run during development. To learn more about Azhar’s talk, we’ve reached out to her for a quick Q&A which you can read in full below!

Don’t miss out! The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next March is going to be full of interesting and informative sessions like Azhar’s. For more visit the show’s official website.

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