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The Game Developers Conference 2018 is coming soon!

Creating a video game is no easy task.

Even when you have a concept, team, and budget behind it, there are tons of important choices to make. How will go about designing the game around this concept? What is the game's story? What forms of animation are cost effective for your staff and your budget?

And these questions are just the tip of the iceberg.

However, for people who love games and how they are made, there is a special event that takes place once a year in San Fransisco, California that provides a haven for both industry veterans and aspiring developers.

That haven is the Game Developers Conference or GDC. Which will soon be returning to the Moscone Center on March 19th through the 23rd 2018.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Game Developers Conference, it is five days full of sessions, tutorials and roundtable discussions that define the innovation and future of gaming. The Conference Tracks cover a number of industry fundamentals: design, programming, business and visual arts. In addition, the conference contains two award ceremonies for both independently developed games (the IGF Awards) and the Game Developers Choice Awards.

With 2017 being such a big year for video games, GDC schedule for 2018 promises to be packed with exciting content.

Some of the announced lectures include:

Repopulating the Earth: Character Production on 'Horizon Zero Dawn' Presented by Daniel Calvert (Character Art Director for Guerrilla Games)

Animating Quill: Creating an Emotional Experience Presented by Ricardo Lico (Animation Director from Polyarc)

And most humorously...

A Fun Time in Which Some No-Good Game Developers May or May Not Discuss How We Made 'NieR: Automata' with the one and only, YOKO TARO (creator of the Drakenguard and Nier games) and Takahisa Taura (Game Designer from Platinum Games).

Anyone interested in attending GDC 2018 can view the conference schedule and register on the main website.

For those of you who want to experience GDC but are unable to attend this year, you can access the lecture videos once they are added to the GDC Vault. Keep in mind certain videos require a subscription in order to view but there are plenty of others that are available for free viewing. You can also access content from previous years on the GDC Youtube page.