I’m Going to the GDC (FINALLY)!

I finally purchased a Game Developers Conference pass for the first time!

After years of having to hear about the conference and the summits and the talks and the panels and the awards and the parties after the fact, I am actually going to be a participant!

Now I’ll get to attend the Indie Games Festival!
Now I’ll be able to meet game developers and journalists in-person instead of merely through IRC, Twitter, or blogs!
Now I get to be snubbed by major game developers when they hear I’m an independent game developer!

There were always excuses not to go in the past, such as not being able to request enough time off from a day job or not having the money. And the cost for registering for the pass, booking a plane, and staying at a hotel for a week was a big obstacle.

And cost was still a major stumbling block for me. Until I can make some income on a regular basis, I’m trying to be very careful with how I spend my money.

So how did I justify the massive expense this time?

For one thing, I have a friend currently residing in San Francisco who said I can crash at his place. No need for a hotel now!

Now, the GDC pass was tricky. I could have saved a lot of money by getting an Expo pass, but I wouldn’t be able to participate the entire week. Getting an All Access pass was prohibitively expensive. I opted for the Summits & Tutorials Pass since it seemed to offer the right balance of access and cost. While I won’t be able to attend a number of events, I will be able to go to tutorials and the Independent Games Summit.

Still, it wasn’t chump change, and I still had to book a flight.

My decision to pay so much at this time was based on a few thoughts:

  • I can technically afford to go, and I might be too poor to go next year if my income level doesn’t change from $0.
  • I can finally meet people who are involved in the industry, whether peers or mentors. My involvement has almost always been virtual. At least in Chicago there was the IGDA chapter, but the local game developers tended to be inactive, and they seem to drop like flies.
  • I hear it is an experience.

So, bottom line, I’m going because it is a huge opportunity for me to be more involved in my industry and get to meet other participants.

I’m really excited. I’m actually going to be at GDC, and I’d love to meet you!

Who else is going to GDC?

2 comments to I’m Going to the GDC (FINALLY)!

  • Congrats on the decision to go. You’ll be glad you did. The last time I attended GDC I was working at Midway San Diego and the year was 2000. However, I was fortunate in the sense that they were paying me to go. So yeah, it’s been a long while since I’ve attended. I’m sure a lot is still the same, and I’m sure a lot has also changed. Regardless, I have very fond memories of the event and certainly think it will be both a worthwhile event and expense for you. Enjoy it!

    P.S. If you have time, maybe post up some thoughts and opinions of the event afterward.

  • Awesome you’ll be going man! I look forward to meeting you in person. Last year was my first time going and I also attended on the good bang for buck Summit & Tutorials pass. Indie Game Summit was really inspiring and the key reward for me was just talking in person with other developers going through similar trials and tribulations as me. You should also try to attend the Ludum Dare meetup that will surely happen again. It was great to meet 20+ LDers in person for once after so many years of aliases…

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