The Games of Tomorrow, in San Francisco Today

Kotaku's reporting team is in its second day of news-wrangling at the 2011 Game Developers Conference, bringing back details, screens, footage and anything else bubbling up at one of the industry's leading conferences.

The conference is scheduled to last through tomorrow, but that won't be the end of news coming back from San Francisco, For now, here's a roundup of the past 24 hours at the conference.

The Games of Tomorrow, in San Francisco Today

The Games

Dead Island is a heavily (and long-) anticipated game getting its first big closeup at GDC. Brian Crecente offers detailed eyes-on impressions of the game from a showing of it this morning. "It is everything good about zombie games, a shambling stitch-work of the best bits of a decade's worth of undead gaming and fiction."

One of the more offbeat exhibitions of technology is Puzzlebox Jigsaw, a neurometrics device that monitors how focused or distracted, how fatigued or alert a gamer is during a game, and other characteristics. Crecente slipped on a headset and gave it a try with Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Resistance 3 takes to the American heartland, centering around a man's fight to protect his family. "His battle, and it seems the game, is a much more personal affair," Crecente writes.


The Video

Uncharted on the NGP | inFamous 2 | Resistance 3 | Trenched | Octodad | PlayStation Move with Robots


The Games of Tomorrow, in San Francisco Today

The Hardware

Sony downplayed the computing power of the NGP, the successor to the PSP, despite rumors that it would be as powerful as a PlayStation 3. Engineers told Michael McWhertor that the device "instead sits about ‘halfway' between the original PSP and PS3."


What We've Heard

Game developers say the darnedest things when surrounded by thousands of their compatriots and the unwashed gaming press. Here are some of the rumblings we've overheard during this year's show.



Watch this space for more updates from the show and beyond as Kotaku continues its ongoing coverage of the 2011 Game Developers Conference.