GDC and back again: An Incubator students tale

GDC and back again: An Incubator students tale

GDC and back again: An Incubator students tale


Have you ever wanted to discuss trends in game development with dev’s from all over the world? Maybe you would prefer to play games like Fez months before they are released with the games creator Phil Fish standing right next to you or find out what makes games like Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception look so good? In March over 60 AIE students studying in the AIE Incubator Program had that chance when they travelled to San Francisco to attend the Game Developers Conference (GDC).

The trip was part of the $4000 Games Conference Scholarship awarded to Incubator students which paid for the flights, accommodation and GDC passes. The students joined 22,500 developers from all over the world to share knowledge and learn from each other’s success and failures. Incubator students were provided with an All Access Pass to GDC allowing 5 full days of talks from the best game developers in the world, access to the Expo Hall where the latest technology and software was being demonstrated and the GDC Vault.

If you have made it this far and your mind is tired of reading, take a break and watch this dev blog by Floating Man Games about their GDC experience.



Students were able to participate in sessions from speakers including Cliff Blezinski creator of Gears of War, Notch creator of Minecraft and preview art from Diablo III with the games Art Director Christian Lichtner. Students were also able to see the unreleased original starting level of Portal 2, discover how other indie dev’s built up their companies, learn about the tricks used by major studios to make their games looks as good as they do and a heaps more.

In addition to the official GDC sessions AIE Incubator students also received an exclusive presentation by the founder of Electronic Arts and Digital Chocolate, Trip Hawkins.

The lessons learnt as part of GDC haven’t stopped just because the students have arrived back in Australia. As part of their All Access Pass the students are able to view all the GDC sessions, not just the ones that they were able to make it to on the day.

To see all the photos from the Incubator students GDC trip head over to http://www.facebook.com/AIEedu/photos. Floating man games is made up of Sydney AIE Incubator students, for more on their games and to get a great insight into indie game development make sure you check out their website http://floatingmangames.com/