Are You Also at #NotGDC? Let’s Share Some Advice!

I knew this week was going to be both fun and frustrating because so many people on Twitter will be posting about the 30th annual Game Developers Conference, but I didn’t realize how many people would be posting about it the weekend prior.

Kyle Pulver wins with the best tweet so far:

GDC is exciting, but for many, it’s also pretty expensive to attend regularly if at all. I attended once in 2011 and since then haven’t made my way back yet.

But since so many of us are instead attending the cheaper and easier to get to #NotGDC, I thought we should make a point of sharing our own advice with each other.

Let’s talk game development. What would you tell your younger self about the realities of indie games if you could? How do you create that special effect you showed off recently? Where do you find your motivation? Where do you stand on the subject of curly braces in your code or screen shake in your visuals?

Go ahead and write a blog post, create a video, or host a podcast. It doesn’t have to be long, or perfect, or anything other than you sharing the nuggets of wisdom you’ve earned the hard way. Alternatively, if you found a cool link to someone else sharing the behind-the-scenes of their efforts, feel free to tell us about it, too.

Whatever you decide to do, share it by using the #NotGDC hashtag.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at our not-a-conference.

2 comments to Are You Also at #NotGDC? Let’s Share Some Advice!

  • Great idea. I’ve been annoyed for weeks about all the GDC anticipation posts (although the ones about alt.ctrl.GDC were pretty interesting, check them out).

    It’s pretty ridiculous that the entrance ticket costs more than the flight there from Europe, and I haven’t even started to look at hotel costs before I decided that this would not be worth my while. Happy notconferencing!

  • Thanks! I hope we get some good participation.

    When I went, I got the Indie Summit pass and paid for my plane tickets from the Midwest (so, not as bad as from Europe I imagine), but I was lucky that a lawyer friend of mine was being put up in an apartment there by his firm temporarily at the same time I was going to be there, so I got to stay with him for free. I just took a bus there and back every day.

    Since my friend isn’t there anymore, I’d have to figure out different accommodations whenever I do make it back.

    How’s GDC Europe as an option?

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