Game Design is beginning to be taught in universities and even some high schools. Game Design is clearly one of the fastest growing fields in design and many students dream of graduating from playing games to creating their own.
The Game Developers Conference® (GDC) is the world’s largest professionals-only game industry event. Presented every spring in San Francisco, it is the essential forum for learning, inspiration, and networking for the creators of computer, console, handheld, mobile, and online games.
The GDC attracts over 17,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.
The conference features over 400 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on a selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts. In addition, the GDC expo showcases the most relevant game development tools, platforms and services helping to drive the industry forward. The conference also features the twelfth annual Independent Games Festival, where new, unpublished games compete for the attention of the publishing community, and the tenth annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the digital games industry.
While most students or teachers won't be able to make it to San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference, there is much to be learned by checking out their website, seeing who the keynote speakers are, and looking at the topics being discussed. Click on the heading above to go to the GDC website.