GDC 2014: What to Look Forward To

This week, March 17-21, the world’s largest professionals-only game industry event will kick off in San Francisco, California at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. The Game Developers Conference, or GDC, is an amazing event where game programmers, producers, game designers, executives, and many more all gather to talk about games and the future of the gaming and development industries.

GDC typically attracts a wide range of people, including programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games. Over 23,000 people are expected to attend this year’s conference, with over 400 panels, tutorials, lectures, and presentations on game development topics. As in years past, the most recent and forward-thinking game development tools, platforms and services are slated to be featured at GDC 2014, along with the Independent Games Festival (for developers showcasing indie, original games) and the Game Developers Choice Awards(game industry peers give each other the recognition they deserve.

Here are some stats that the GDC conference organizers put together from last year’s conference:

  • GDC conference attendees have an average of 6 years of experience, have worked on an average of 10 game titles, and published an average of 10 game titles.
  • GDC attendees manage an average of 10 people directly or indirectly.
  • 65% of GDC attendee are from North America with the balance mainly coming from Western Europe (10%) and Asia (6%)
  • GDC 2013 conference attendees agree:
    • They heard something useful within their craft that they didn't know before (82%)
    • They were inspired (92%)
    • They gained strong leads to advance their business (60%)
    • The Expo Floor was one of the most important reasons to attend GDC (53%)

Intel at GDC

As in years past, Intel has a strong presence at GDC, and will be offering 16 kiosks for attendees to experience the latest in gaming platforms and devices, as well as PC games optimized for Ultrabook 2 in 1s, tablets, and Android. In addition, at Intel booth #1016, there will be product experts, tech sessions, and time to listen and interact with Intel researchers, engineers, and key industry partners.

RealSense™ technology will be on full display at GDC as well. You’ll be able to learn about this intriguing technology, find out more about the SDK, and how you can use it to make your apps more intuitive with gesture, speech recognition, face and head tracking, and much more.

A gaming conference wouldn’t be complete without a focus on graphics, and the Intel games and graphics development team will be presenting a new series of graphics samples that highlight Intel Iris and Iris Pro graphics functionality for Android and Windows. You’ll be able to get hands on with tablets and Ultrabooks to get a first-hand look at these new graphics functionalities. Want to get started? As always, you can learn about and download the latest code samples at:

One of the best things about GDC is the chance to learn from other people, and this year you’ll be able to see student game projects from university game developer programs. You’ll get the chance to help decide which programs will receive one of two $10,000 hardware prizes from Intel. Prizes will be awarded for "Best Gameplay" and "Best Visual Quality”. Learn more about the Intel® University Games projects.

In addition to all these great events, you’ll also be able to take advantage of live demos of the latest Android tool support, interact with a few of the winners from the 2013 Intel Level Up Game Developer Contest (and get information on this year’s challenge), and meet a few students in the Intel Student Makethon, a two-day development sprint with Intel Galileo Development boards.

Want to keep track of all of this? You can write it on the back of a napkin, or you can check out the Intel Innovation Event App for GDC. This is an easy way to view schedules and details for Intel's theater and technical sessions, demos, prize drawings, and more . . . right on your smart device.

Talks, theater presentations, and booth demos at GDC

Intel has quite a few great expert talks planned this week; here are just a few that might be of interest:

Learn to Create Next-Generation Gaming Interfaces Using Common Senses and Intel® RealSense™ Technology
Wednesday, March 19
West Hall – Room 2014
12:00 - 2:00PM
Ryan Tabrah - Intel

In 2013, Intel brought mainstream natural user interfaces to market. In 2014 will bring depth cameras integrated into Ultrabooks and other computing devices, representing a tremendous opportunity for software developers to reach consumers with interfaces that go beyond the keyboard, mouse, and touch. Attend this session to learn how you can take advantage of this opportunity with the Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK.

SSX: Bringing a PS3 game to Android
Thursday, March 20
West Hall – Room 2009
10:00 - 11:00AM
Omar A Rodriguez - Intel
Alex Aptekar - EA

This presentation looks at the challenges of porting SSX from the PS3 to Android. Beyond the obvious challenges of targeting a new OS and reworking the input system, we’ll share lessons about optimizing content for mobile platforms. This process involved moving from deferred to immediate rendering, porting shaders to GLSL, updating memory management, etc.

You also won’t want to miss interacting with the amazing people that will be manning a variety of booths at GDC – you can find all the information you need here in the booth schedule. Presentations included “A look forward to Intel® RealSense™ technology 2014 SDK Features and Use Cases”, “Using Unity for Intel® RealSense™ technology: Lessons from Stargate Gunship and SuperHeroes”, and “How to Earn Money, Respect and Recognition with Intel® Technology! Computer Selection Guide for CG Artists - No Engineering Degree Required”.

See you there!

Will you be at GDC? Please be sure to stop by the Intel booth to participate in demos, giveaways, and talk to Intel staff. We look forward to seeing you there!





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