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Game and Developer Conferences?

01-04-2009, 12:39 AM
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Game and Developer Conferences?

Hi,

Are devs here going to any of the upcoming gaming or developer conferences?

there are some coming up

http://www.gdconf.com/ and http://www.igfmobile.com/ (same conference)
http://www.360conferences.com/360iDev/?

There's, of course http://www.e3expo.com/

arn
01-04-2009, 05:58 AM
#2
We're participating in IGF Mobile, so if our budget allows, GDC is definitely in the plans.

01-04-2009, 06:39 AM
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Yeah, if Smiles gets a nod at IGF Mobile, I'll be there for the exhibit.

Other than that, GDC and E3 are primarily networking events (and expensive training/marketing events). I'm not really looking for someone else's money to fund my projects, as the iPhone/current gaming market is an interesting beast. The same money I could be spending on networking events could be better spent as 1-2 months of development time on a project.

IGF is a special case, along with the other GDC ceremonies. It's our industries equivalent of winning an Oscar or Academy Award. That's the kind of bragging rights we all want. Even a nomination is a big deal.

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01-04-2009, 02:48 PM
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same here, I really wish 1112 will have some exposure in the IGF! (we are lucky to be the first on the alphabetical list , maybe it will help!

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01-04-2009, 05:13 PM
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(we are lucky to be the first on the alphabetical list , maybe it will help!
Yeah, no fair! It's almost like you named your game such that you'd be ahead of all the 1 named apps.

Looks good though.

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01-04-2009, 05:31 PM
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same here, I really wish 1112 will have some exposure in the IGF! (we are lucky to be the first on the alphabetical list , maybe it will help!
Yeah, we were lucky to pick the name 'Zen Bound' for the exact opposite reason :P
01-04-2009, 07:13 PM
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been there before?

We were thinking of going to GDC, sounds like an interesting event but the schedule does look a bit overwhelming.

Anybody here been to one of these before? Any advice for newbie conference-goers?

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01-05-2009, 12:00 AM
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They all sounds interesting, but some would be too short of a notice for me.

I'll look into some other ones later in the year though.

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01-05-2009, 01:04 AM
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we'll probably send blake at least. I may try to go too.

arn
01-05-2009, 09:23 AM
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Anybody here been to one of these before? Any advice for newbie conference-goers?
I've not been to GDC yet, but I was at E3 back in 2004 (year of the DS and PSP, Katamari). I didn't work for myself then, so it was mostly a swag hunt.

If you're there for the expo or conference, you just show up. Any talk involving Will Wright, you camp it early if you want to see it in person.

Alternatively, you can save yourself some money by buying MP3 recordings of talks for a several bucks each after the conference.

http://www.gdcradio.net

If you're there for biz, come prepared. Leave yourself a good hour or so between your scheduled meetings, in case they go long or you get lost. Also, be sure to have business cards and a pen.

Not sure if GDC is the same as E3 was, but PICK UP YOUR PASS EARLY! Conference/Expo days are a zoo, so come by a day or two before opening day and be ready with your pass. You might also have to wait in line for a baggage check each day. So if you can function without carrying a bag (laptop), you might be able to sneak in faster.

| Mike Kasprzak | Sykhronics Entertainment | Mike @ Twitter |

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