GDC 2012 partners with Iam8bit for 'Magnetic Game-O-Matic,' launches contest

With the 2012 Game Developers Conference just over a month away, its organizers have announced an exciting opportunity to win an All-Access pass to the San Francisco show, revealing a continued onsite partnership with the game artist, marketing, and production group iam8bit for live-drawing of wacky game concepts.

This year, GDC will once again partner with the independent artist group iam8bit (creators of last year's 'Painting With Pixels' art exhibit) to bring a similarly inspirational and syntactical activity to the show.

In its own area on the second floor of Moscone West, iam8bit will host the "Super Magnetic Game-O-Matic" from Monday, March 5th to Friday, March 9th. In this area, GDC attendees will be able to use hundreds of oversized (and magnetic) words to pitch their next great concept for a video game.

Throughout the show, notable industry artists will take a few minutes to sketch their interpretations of some of the most interesting game concepts onto screens. In addition, show attendees will also be able to turn up to draw their own art on screens or paper, alongside the featured artist. (Schedules featuring the featured artists will be posted in the near future.)

GDC organizers encourage everyone to participate in this "social experiment of totally random proportions," since what happens during the event is completely up to the GDC community -- there's no way of telling what everyone will come up with! For more information on the Super Magnetic Game-O-Matic, please check out the event's official page on the GDC 2012 website.

As for the new contest, it hinges on getting creative with GDC 2012's brand-new set of game industry lingo magnets, which have already been mailed to a number of past event attendees. If you've never attended Game Developers Conference or haven't received a set of your own, don't despair, as anyone is welcome to participate.

Using either the physical magnet set or the PDF available online, you must arrange your words into the most creative game industry-related phrase, poem, haiku, or statement you can come up with. After doing so, please post a photo or screenshot of your creation on Twitter with the hashtag #GDC2012.

All entries must be posted and hashtagged by 11:59PM PST on Friday, February 17, and the best phrase will get an All-Access pass to the show -- GDC organizers will notify the winner the following week. A number of neat entries have already been posted, including Cuddlekin's amusing code gag and Jenni Petot's message to live by.

To keep abreast of all the latest news about GDC 2012, please subscribe to updates from the GDC news page via Twitter, Facebook, or RSS. GDC 2012 will take place March 5 through March 9 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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