Sometimes I forget that I'm a game developer. I write music and make cool sounds that go into Videogames! If I told this to my 10-year-old self, I would be freaking out and be smiling and running all over the house. WHAT!
There are so many people in this industry that I love. Many aspects of it that I absolutely adore. It's a place of encouragement, passion, and friendships. And all of the things are coming together as one at Game Developers Conference is the biggest conference for the game industry, with over 30,000 game developers coming together to share their passion and have fun away from work. That's why I'm willing to be prepared for this upcoming GDC, to make it the best experience ever!
A lot of people are coming to GDC to find work. I wanted to take a bit of a different approach since I'm attending my first ever GDC as a Conference Associate! On the back of the shirts that we get, it says "Ask Me, I can help!". That's exactly what I'll do best - helping people at the GDC. If there's anything that I'll be doing for my own interest - I'll be there to learn as much as I can before coming back to Long Beach to prepare for a possible SGDA workshop for my fellow audio folks.
Just like how Akash Thakkar, the wise man, the Prince Charming of the game industry once said after his post-mortem of GDC 2015, "Just add value".
Here are some of the tips that he shared. I already knew about the first two, but the other questions I realize are pretty important for Game Industry meetups (duh!)
What do you do?
Where are you from?
Who do you know here?
What are you working on?
What games are you playing right now?
Additional Bonus Questions that I can think of that can also be beneficial for asking others that we run across at GDC:
Why are you at GDC? What's your goal / passion?
Are there any sessions that you're interested in going to?
Having these basic questions written down and figured out will help not stuttering in the time of need. Don't just answer these in one sentence, boring way.
That's it for today!