Sad You Weren't At GDC? Me Too. Let's Take A Virtual Tour Of All The Cool Stuff Instead.

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This year's Game Developers Conference is about to end today, leaving behind great panel discussions and announcements, and also a lot of other cool stuff that was not shown on any stream.

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The GDC staff already uploaded almost 1,000 photos to their official Flickr page, and we've selected a few exciting ones to show more or less what it might have felt like to walk the show floor during the week.

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The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in action.

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Legendary game designer John Romero chatting with visitors.

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Tons of classic games and arcades were exhibited.

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A piece of video game history.

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Playing Moonwalker is a great way to spend a day at GDC (no, really)

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JVC X'Eye spotted. That thing cost more than $600 in 1993.

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More of SEGA's classic game systems.

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Classic Mortal Kombat II arcade with Raiden showing off on the machine's side.

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The Ballroom, full of attendees.

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People feeling at home. Check the background for a proper TV hooked up to old consoles.

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Everyone wants to hear Warren Spector.

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It's not a video game event without people playing trading card games or board games.

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One of the better looking booths was Wargaming's (World of Tanks).

If you actually were at GDC this year, and have other cool pics, make sure to post them in the comments.

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BitterBurner
BitterBurner

I have a Love-Hate relationship with GDC. Okay, I'll be honest, it's more of a Slightly Hate-Hate relationship.

One one hand, it's cool to hear a lot of Game Developers talk openly to people about what they do what direction they want to go and sort of openly criticize the problems with the industry.

On the other larger hand...Holy shit, GDC is nothing more than a giant networking circle-jerk for the already privileged. Seriously, tickets for that thing are in the 1.2k range JUST to go there. Then you have hotel fees, lunch fees, bar fees, party fees, (because you GOTTA have lunch with the people you need to suck up with) plane tickets which can range from expensive to absurd depending on your current location...no young prospective game designer or artist who isn't already well off or living off his parent's dime can afford this.

Kids go there and surround developers "oh you're so amazing, gosh you're so cool and...oh so weird I also have a business card here and am also interested in a job in the games industry, and I come with this pre-planned sales pitch and everything, what a TOTAL coincidence!" Meanwhile the people who are working incredibly hard and building a portfolio of personal work and passing classes with flying colors and studying late at night have to throw their resumes in a MASSIVE UNLIMITED PILE that's probably sorted by a computer three times before it ever sees a human eye. Meanwhile, the people watching go-go dancers and drinking with Artists are going to have interviews and meetings set up before they leave GDC.

The whole thing is just a giant self-serving, inner-circle-back-scratching orgy. <i>Everyone</i> knows you're not talking to this person because you <i>like</i> them or because you want to be <i>friends</i>, you're talking to this person because you want a job and they are the best possible person that you can use to get you that job. You are literally only there to find human beings that you can use to further yourself. Is it possible a friendship might develop as a by-product of this self-serving need? Yes. Is that your primary reason for going there? No. And again, it's only for the privileged, because just GETTING to GDC costs you almost two grand and then you have to suck up to the right people when they aren't swamped by the other thousand people trying to do the exact same thing.

Things like this always rub me the wrong way because it only celebrates and rewards a small inner-circle "elite" with this you-scratch-my-back-I-scratch-yours, rather than the dedicated, the skilled and the learned who spent all this time honing their skills and then applied to job positions normally instead of trade favors and get sneaked in the back door.

I don't know. Like I said, I LOVE hearing the Devs talk about the industry candidly when they can, but the whole underbelly of GDC as this favor-trading, line-cutting, inner-circle-boosting practice under a pretense of false friendship really kind of sickens me.