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A walk through the future of video games – The Game Developers Conference

Friday, March 18th, 2011

The GIANT wall of events that went on during GDC

The Game Developers Conference, GDC for short, is the annual convention held in San Fransisco, CA where experts and newcomers in the video game industry come together and discuss the future of video games. It showcases all kinds of events, such as panels given by workers that are currently in the industry, keynotes by the heads of game companies, award shows, job offerings, and previews of new technology. Most important of all, GDC is a place for the game developers of today to get together and strengthen the bonds that tie all video game companies together. I had the great opportunity and honor to attend GDC this year as a student and get a glimpse of what to expect when I get into the work force of development and to get my name out there so when I have work to show, people can say “Hey, I met him a year ago. I should go talk to that guy.” There is no way to describe how incredibly amazing GDC was this year, so I’ll just substitute a description with the sound that my vocal chords made when I walked onto the expo floor: “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.” Yeah, that about sums it up.

As a first time attendee and a student, I was freaked out and excited all at the same time. I mean there I was, sharing the same air of people who have had hands in creating triple A titles in the industry and those who create countless hardware and software for these games to run properly. No amount of forced professionalism could prepare me from casually bumping into some famous person on the con floor. Luckily, there was no encounter of any famous CEO of a developing company, but I did talk to workers who have made games that I’ve played and loved. Not to my surprise, everyone I talked to was incredibly nice and loved to talk about their work. It made me feel like I was actually encouraged to keep pursuing my dream of becoming a game developer, which almost made me jump to the nearest developer’s feet and bow (luckily restraint and fear of losing my badge prevented that). The whole event was great, and what brought it all home was a meeting I had with a game developing company about an internship, which I got by the way, writing story arcs and making in-game propaganda. If there was ever a time that I was at a loss for words, it was right after that meeting…minus the screams of joy. My first GDC was amazing and I cannot wait till next year’s, but there is one thing I learned above everything that I need to bring next year that is more important than food: Business cards, business cards, business cards!

-Davain M.

Game Developers Conference 2010 Was Very Sucessful!

Friday, March 26th, 2010
Student Volunteers in the Cogswell Booth

Student Volunteers in the Cogswell Booth

Our ever-popular bottle openers

Our ever-popular bottle openers

This year the Game Developers Conference went extremely well for Cogswell Polytechnical College!  For 2010, the Expo was held in the South Hall of the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, the largest of the three halls.  This enabled the expo to contain the main exhibitors, the business center and the career pavilion.  Having everything together greatly increased traffic to our booth.  We had a lot of companies come by who were looking to hire (alums – we will get that info out to you ASAP!), companies wanting us to try their software and even several alums!  Bonnie Phelps was able to walk through the career pavilion and talk to the companies there about hiring our students and alumni, and the possibility of partnerships.  We also had 8 wonderful students who volunteered at the Cogswell booth and eagerly shared their Cogswell experience with attendees who stopped by.  All-in-all a great year!

Bonnie being interviewed by GameStop TV.

Bonnie being interviewed by GameStop TV.

Cogswell College to Exhibit at Game Developer’s Conference 2010

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

GDC_logoCogswell College will be an exhibitor at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference, March 9 – 13 (with the Expo on March 11 – 13). Please visit us in booth 850 to see the latest happenings at Cogswell!