GDC and PAX East 2015 Recap

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It’s been far too long since I’ve posted on here. Sadly, this poor blog gets a little neglected when I’m busy. I’ve finally found some time to talk about what I’ve been up to for the past few months. There’s plenty to talk about, so I should probably get started.

First, I had my trip out to the Game Developers Conference out in San Francisco. This was my first time out to the city and the first time to the GDC event. I’m happy to report that it was an absolute blast and was unlike any other game event I had ever attended. I ended up meeting a ton of people, both veterans of the industry and newcomers like me.

In addition to meeting a lot of people and networking, I learned a lot from people who are actively involved in game audio, who were more than happy to chat with me and discuss everything from workflow to marketing and everything in between. I also ran into a bunch of peers that I had previously met at other game events on the east coast. Overall, I learned a lot, had a ton of fun, and made some new friends along the way. I’ll definitely be going back next year if I can.

I unfortunately couldn’t stay for the full week of GDC, due to PAX East being on the following weekend. I, and several other game people, ended up leaving San Francisco to get into Boston that Friday. I took a “red-eye” flight to get to PAX East on time to do some coverage for Original Sound Version. With only about three hours of sleep, I was dead tired by the end of the first day of PAX East. I made it through the rest of the weekend alright, but I think that’s the last time I’m going to attempt attending two events back to back like that. The next time that GDC and PAX East happen on the same week, I will be staying at GDC if possible.

Over the summer I managed to pick up a few game audio gigs. I won’t be able to go into much detail about them for the moment. I’ll likely have something up about them once the work on them is done and when the projects are closer to being released. I might even do some sort of post-mortem analysis of the audio work here on the blog.

In the meantime I’ll be getting to work on these new projects. I may get a few new tracks up on Soundcloud and this site as well, if my schedule goes smoothly this month.

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GDC and PAX East 2015

One of the goals I’ve set for myself has been to get out to more of the big video game industry events. I started going to conventions with PAX East back in 2012. I went there as a regular attendee and I ended up having a blast. PAX East is an event that I make sure to get out to every year and this year will be no different. It’s close enough to where I live that I can get out and meet people without having to spend too much money on travel. Since that first trip to PAX East, I’ve been making an effort to go out to more local gatherings for game development and networking. One of my much bigger goals has been to get out to the Game Developers Conference, or GDC.

GDC is one of the major conferences to go to for game industry networking. Unfortunately for me, it’s an event that’s held out on the west coast and it’s been too far for me to travel there from New England. However, this past year I managed to save enough money to finally go and check this convention out. So I’m happy to report that this year I will be going to my first Game Developers Conference. I’m not entirely sure what to expect, but I’m looking forward to meeting people and having a good time.

For better or worse, I won’t be able to attend the entire GDC event. It so happens that PAX East 2015 is being held on the same weekend that GDC ends. So yes, I’m going out to GDC for the week and then heading straight back to Boston for PAX East for the weekend. This will no doubt be incredibly exhausting, but I’m still really looking forward to it. I’m hoping to make some new connections and catch up with some of my friends that are attending these events. It’s going to be a wild week, and I’m sure I’ll have plenty to share when I come back. If you happen to be going to GDC and/or PAX East, be sure to say “Hi” if you see me.