Last year, I had to enjoy the Game Developers Conference remotely, reading the coverage of the event by other indie bloggers.
Yesterday was the last day that I could get a discount to register for the March event. Even discounted, the prices are a bit steep, and I really would have liked to go to attend the keynotes and the tutorials. Since I am not a VIP or giga in any way, I had to settle for the Indie Expo pass. I could manage that price, even without the discount.
Before I registered, I checked to see how much airfare and a hotel room would cost for the week. Ouch.
I don’t want to miss out on GDC again, so I am trying to figure out how I can afford to go. I think if I can find someone to share a hotel room with, it won’t be so bad. Failing that, perhaps I may not be able to stay for the entire week. Maybe I’ll just stay for a few days, timing it so I can attend the Independent Games Festival.
No matter what, I don’t want to miss GDC again.
EDIT: Ok, apparently the pass I was going to purchase is now sold out, which means that the only way I could go is if I use the Expo pass. I don’t think it will be worth the cost for a hotel and the hassle involved if I can’t even go to the Indie Games Summit.