This week, GDC China has revealed a new keynote from industry veteran and Interplay founder Brian Fargo, as well as a trio of new talks featuring CrowdStar, Flurry, and PapayaMobile.
Fargo’s keynote, titled “Making RPGs That Stand the Test of Time,” will examine the last three decades of role-playing games, detailing the ways in which story, character development, balance, and production must work in unison to create games that players remember for the rest of their lives.
Fargo himself has a storied history in RPG development, and played a key role in classic Interplay titles such as The Bard’s Tale, Wasteland, Baldur’s Gate, and Fallout. Currently, he leads the California-based inXile Entertainment, which is working on the upcoming multiplatform action title Hunted: The Demon’s Forge.
In addition to this keynote, GDC China has debuted the following lectures from the show’s Main Conference and Summits:
– In the Social Games track, CrowdStar director of business development Randy Lee will host, “The Importance of Multiplatform for Social Gaming,” offering a look at how the It Girl and Wasteland Empires developer uses multiplatform games to expand its reach into global territories.
– Over in the Mobile Games Summit, Jeferson Valadares of the mobile analytics firm Flurry will delve into what it takes to develop a hit game for both the U.S. and China. His talk, “Win in the World’s Top Two Mobile Gaming Markets: The U.S. & China,” will use data from over 120,000 apps to illustrate key differences between these markets, and will outline some key tactics for approaching user behavior, game design, and business models.
– Also in the Mobile Games Summit is a talk dubbed, “Domestic Small Teams Design, Develop and Operate Games for European Markets,” featuring Liang Zhang, founder of PapayaMobile. Here, Zhang will draw from the company’s experience operating a developer incubation program to help small teams make it big in European and American markets.
For more information on these or other sessions at GDC China, check out the event’s official website.
Show organizers would also like to point out that ten days remain to register online for GDC China, so make sure to register by November 5, 2011 to secure your pass before the show!
To register for GDC China, interested parties can go to the event’s official website to start the registration process and gain access to the numerous talks, tutorials, and events the show will have to offer. Keep an eye out for even more news as the show draws closer, as GDC China organizers have a number of exciting announcements planned for the coming weeks.
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