A shift is occurring in the games industry. It's called the Accessibility Revolution. The awareness and application of accessibility in games has grown exponentially. Developers around the world are making long overdue ventures into this hidden field to create an inclusive sanctuary in which everybody is able to play the games they want to play. The GA Conference EU 2018, held in Paris on the 22nd of October, brought passionate disabled gamers together with developers to discuss the present and the future state of accessibility. The first two GA Conferences had been held in the US. The shift to Paris for 2018 allowed speakers who couldn't make it across the Atlantic a chance to shine a light on the good work being done in Europe. I couldn't wait to go and see it all for myself. Accessibility is gaining traction in every part of the gaming industry, so developers are attending in order to keep up with best practices. The 2018 conference featured valuable educational talks covering a … [Read more...] about At the Games Accessibility Conference, 2018
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Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) and PlayStation will once again grace their presence at the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC). The GDC is the largest annual gathering of professional video game developers, with focus on learning, inspiration, and networking. Sony Interactive Entertainment representative Ron Laserna reveals the details of their GDC activities via PlayStation Blog. First of all, there will be many game kiosks showcasing a variety of PlayStation's PS4 and PS4 Pro titles. These include games like Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Monster Hunter World, Gran Turismo Sport, Shadow Of The Colossus, Donut County, The Swords of Ditto, and Guacamelee! 2, as well as PS Vr titles like Moss and Bravo Team. There will be tech kiosks featuring PlayStation HDR Development and PlayStation Developer Tools – SN Systems. The “Ask Developer Relations @GDC” station will also be returning at this year's GDC, where the Third Party Developer … [Read more...] about Sony Will Attend GDC 2018 With PlayStation Game Kiosks and Talks
Organizers of the 18th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer recognition celebrating the industry’s top games, studios and developers, have revealed the recipients of this year’s three special awards! This year's awards will be presided over by industry veteran Robin Hunicke, co-founder of independent San Francisco-based game studio Funomena. The ceremonies are available to attend for all Game Developers Conference 2018 pass-holders. The GDCAs will give the Ambassador Award, which honors individuals who are helping video games advance to a better place through advocacy or action, to independent developer and Vlambeer co-founder Rami Ismail. Atari founder Nolan Bushnell will receive the Pioneer Award, which honors breakthrough business and game design milestones, and the awards will recognize Double Fine and LucasArts veteran Tim Schafer with the award for Lifetime Achievement. Independent game developer and co-founder of Vlambeer, Rami Ismail, … [Read more...] about Nolan Bushnell, Tim Schafer, and Rami Ismail to be honored at the 2018 GDC Awards!
With just days to go before early registration for Game Developers Conference 2018 ends this Wednesday, January 31st at 11:59 PM Pacific, conference organizers are encouraging anyone interested in attending to register now at a discounted rate! This year, as in years past, GDC will feature a diverse lineup of lectures, panels, and tutorials during the show proper, and show organizers will continue to debut new sessions as the event draws ever closer. Today, organizers highlight a handful of the announced talks to shed light on the diverse array of topics that will be tackled during the show! Notably, in his GDC 2018 talk on "Splatoon and Splatoon 2: How to Invent a Stylish Franchise with Global Appeal", Nintendo's Hisashi Nogami (who served as producer on both Splatoon and Splatoon 2) will share his experiences working with a design team whose goal was to create a game that was novel, yet easy to … [Read more...] about PSA: 2 days left to register early for GDC 2018 at a discounted rate!
Heads up, '90s kids: Game Developers Conference 2018 organizers are thrilled to announce that a game industry veteran will be attending this year's show to present a rare behind-the-scenes look at the making of an arcade classic. Mark Turmell, a longtime game designer and programmer who's been making games since the '80s, will be at GDC 2018 in San Francisco this March to present a fascinating Classic Game Postmortem of NBA Jam! Released in 1993, Midway's NBA Jam is among the most influential arcade games of all time. Turmell served as lead designer and programmer on the original arcade game, and in his talk he plans to explain the vision behind the game, its role during the '90s arcade boom, and how the first ridiculously huge dunk changed the course of the game’s design. Attendees will learn exactly what went into one of the most influential arcade games of the 1990s, and its impact on the market. Expect unusual, little-known … [Read more...] about Come on and slam at the GDC 2018 NBA Jam Classic Game Postmortem!