Game Audio GDC 2019 Asbjoern Andersen


GDC is only a couple weeks away, and if this is your first time, you may feel a little overwhelmed. Perhaps you are figuring out last-minute arrangements, or planning what parties and networking events to attend, or looking into what sites to visit in San Francisco.

Luckily, Meredith Hall, a multi-disciplined Producer, Marketer and Business Developer, took this question to Twitter, and she received dozens of responses from GDC veterans about what they have learned and how they make the most of each conference. We compiled them here, with the permission of the contributors, so take a moment and read what you should know before your first visit to Moscone Center.

Also, before we start, we'd like to mention there is the GDC Mixer Discord run by @RedVonix that you can join to talk about prepping for GDC. The server is located here: http://bit.ly/gdcmixer


Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2019 takes place March 18-22 in Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA, US. Tweets have been edited for spelling, grammar, and brevity.
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Here’s the tweet that started it all

 

Ok, #GDC veterans. You’ve probably done this every year. Now for the 2019 edition.

What are your TOP tips for @Official_GDC first timers? 💗 To pack, to do, to see, to attend, to meet, to plan for, to avoid?

✨RTs appreciated✨

meredith ✨ 🔜 GDC @merryh

 


 

Business Cards

Make your business cards as close to standard size as possible. Yes, your coaster-sized oval cards are cool and stuff, but if they’re impossible to put away they’ll end up in some pocket, never to be seen again.

Killer ♡ Queen @Deadlyweiss


Bring a permanent marker with a fine tip to take notes on business cards. You’ll have 50 in your pocket at EOD and won’t remember who was who.

Stephen Kick @pripyatbeast


Don’t throw your business card at someone without saying anything to them and then just…leave. Sure, I remember that person’s name now, but for all the wrong reasons!

jarann pan @jarannimo


Never ever ever give away the last business card you’re carrying. If it really comes to that, hold onto it so people can snap a picture of it instead. Better than nothing.

Sam Seltzer-Johnston @sbseltzer

 
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Meeting People

Don’t be afraid to approach people!

Robert Dowling @Pixelpickle


Value people. People are the most important thing you can invest in during GDC – talks come pretty low on the list as you can watch them online later. Make opportunities to meet people you want to meet, reach out, organise coffees and meals. Be proactively social.

Liam Esler @liamesler


There are many different types of parties.
Networking parties – Connecting people
Vendor parties – Chat with product/service vendors and other using them
Publisher parties – Bring different devs together, celebrate
Dance parties – Music/dance based
Country parties – Recruitment/jobs
Industry group parties – Networking but everyone there has a common interest, think Women in Gaming, or Latinx in Gaming
There are other non-party based events.
Things like meetups to have ice cream or go running

Keir Rice 🌌 @KeirRice


Make friends and don’t be afraid to chat with people. Everyone at GDC shares the same passions you do. I’ve made tons of great friends in the industry from around the world because of GDC.

Jeremy Lecus 🎮 @BrewCityGamer

 
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Talks

Don’t rush, have fun. With that being said, if you’re not early enough for big talks, you will miss out. Know which ones you don’t want to miss. The rest are optional.
Alex Moreno @FuzzyIndie


Round tables are great and a good way to meet people and make an impression.

Eric John E @MxEricJohnE


When you go to the microphone to ask a question after a talk, if the question wouldn’t fit in a tweet and doesn’t end with a question mark, it’s not a question, it’s a speech.
Don’t do speeches.

Nick Landry ⚔️ @ActiveNick

 
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Goals

Know why you are going, and don’t be afraid to let less important stuff fall by the wayside – it is your trip.

Liam Routt @LiamRoutt


In your planning, schedule one thing you *absolutely* want to do each day, and go with the flow with everything else. You won’t overwhelm yourself, and you’ll make time for what’s important to you.

ᴀꜱᴛʀɪᴅ ʀᴏꜱᴇᴍᴀʀɪɴ @astridrosemarin


+ Have goals of what you want to achieve while over there.
+ Use it as an opportunity to reflect on your past year, how you’ve grown and what your next goals are.

Trevor Dikes 💀 @TrevorDikes

 
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Networking

The real GDC action doesn’t even take place at the convention center – it’s all about the meetings and conversations you should be setting up NOW.

RedVonix® is All Up In Your GDC Plans @RedVonix


If you’re searching for a career, see what companies are going to be on ‘show floor’, then reach out on LinkedIn for their HR/recruiters – They may be able to help set up interviews or meet with specific persons at a scheduled time.

If you’re looking to network at after-hour parties, try to find more niche events to go to. You’ll be able to actually meet and talk to people, rather than be drowned out my massive crowds, rowdy partiers, or people that, while nice, don’t help your networking goal.

SamKablam @Sam_Ka_Blam


1. The audio podcast at Sightglass Cafe is great.
2. Don’t eat lunch alone — Go up to the Carousel and learn more audio! Make friends!
3. Take a break and go to the Musee Mechanique by the pier — it’s a hidden jewel.
4. Eat shawarma across Moscone!
5. Don’t look like a tourist.

Claudine Guild @ClaudineGuild


Scott Benson said to learn how to dismount from conversations “thanks for your time, it was great meeting you.” Something like that. When the conversation lulls, stick the landing, don’t end it on a soggy walk away.

Mitchel Wong 🛫 GDC expo floor basically all day @pengwndude

 
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Take Care of Yourself

Drink water.
Pace yourself.
Drink water!
Plan for breaks.
Drink. Water.
Shower!
Seriously, drink water.

John Epler @eplerjc


Buy a lacrosse ball and toss it in your bag. Sit down for 10-20 minutes mid-day and at night and roll the bottom of your feet over it. It’ll hurt a ton, but it’s loosening up the tightness in your feet. When you stand up, they’ll feel great!

Also, drink about 3x as much water as normal.

Mitch Alpiner @MoltenSlowa


– Don’t book out your entire days back to back
– Make a Twitter list of people you meet
– Parties are parties have fun but don’t do them every night.
– Hand sanitize
– It’s ok to look at badges for names
– Have a cup of tea and sit down

Aurore @Aurore360

 
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Don’t Forget to Eat

Eat at least one meal a day that requires a fork.

Susan Arendt @SusanArendt


* Stay hydrated, have snacks on hand, avoid getting hangry!
* Try to get away from the conference at some point for good food (maybe eat a Mission burrito?)
* When you’re feeling overwhelmed (and you will!)/wiped/anxious/etc, lounge at the Mild Rumpus, my favorite part of GDC <3

Jo Lammert @JoLammert


– Don’t buy food at the venue. There’s better options around Moscone. If you’re in tight budget mode there’s a Target opposite of the West building where you can buy food.
– If you want to taste the world famous Moscone Crepes you better get there early. Line gets insanely long.

Luis F. De Leon – Take your time @luisfdeleon


If you’re staying close to Moscone, head to Trader Joe’s and stock up on nuts and other healthy snack foods. These are an easy breakfast or light lunch. Take an afternoon off to explore the city (Disney Family Museum, Palace of Fine Arts, Musee Mecanique). Drink water.

Patrick Swinnea @patrickswinnea

 
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San Francisco and the USA

The SF sun will be blazing hot, the shade so cold even vikings freeze to death. Night time is brutal if you’re unprepared.

Tom-Ivar Arntzen @Tinimations


Tipping the quick way: move the decimal over one step and double it. This is a 20% tip. Adjust accordingly from there. In general cocktails or other complex drinks you just tip 1 dollar per drink regardless of cost.

B-b-b-b-baka to the bone @FaeRunTheWorld


Regarding mobile sims, if you want to step off the plane and have data, try out http://www.simcorner.com. Order your sim now, it gets delivered before you depart, then you pop it in when the plane lands.

ᴱᴰ ᴼᴿᴹᴬᴺ @UppercutEd


Arrive 1 or 2 days early to enjoy the city, it’s wonderful. Don’t overbook yourself, do what you really like to do instead of trying to do what you think is expected of you. Eat and drink well. Parties are overrated, don’t drink too much and sleep enough or you’ll get sick.

If you can, stay a bit longer after the convention. I once did a roadtrip afterwards and it was gorgeous. In networking mixers just be really interested in the people. The most enjoyable talks are postmortems imo.

ION 👀 @ionlands

 
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Getting Around

– Overbudget. Everything is expensive.
– There’s a tunnel that runs from Moscone South and Moscone North. Yay avoiding cars!

Riley Halligan ✈ 🔜 #GDC19 @Oh_Hi_Riley


DON’T TRY TO SAVE MONEY BY BOOKING A FAR AWAY HOSTEL. You will end up paying the difference in Lyft/Uber/BART rides.

Elie Abraham 💕 Quantum Wheel Jam @ElieAbraham64


Use the buddy system walking around in the evening.
Have comfy shoes.
Make. Time. To. Sit.
Get a week long metro pass. So worth it and tons of good food a short ride away.
Treat people like people, not as just an extension of their company.
WATER. 💦
Travel Advil & chapstick.

Marcykarp @marcykarp


Keep your phone charged, use it for the public transit, BART and MUNI both have apps. Study a map ahead of time and keep one handy. Use the buddy system and make sure someone knows where you are going and with whom, if you go solo at any point.

If you are going to be a pedestrian at any point, be aware that some streets are angled very steeply. Not all sidewalks are great for folks in wheelchairs, but a good many are. SF is the city that inspired “Crazy Taxy,” so don’t trust drivers or pedestrians to be reasonable.

Mystery Corgi @MysteryCorgi

 
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Stay Safe

You’ll think “I don’t need my spare battery”, but you will.
It WILL be colder at night.
Pack proper shoes. You will be walking a lot.
Be careful! San Francisco is not a safe city : (

Elie Abraham 💕 Quantum Wheel Jam @ElieAbraham64


Don’t have your badge visible outside of the con, ever. Hide it in your shirt, under a sweatshirt, put it in your pocket, etc. Don’t flash a bunch of swag that says GDC on it, travel in groups, call an Uber if you are out late and need to get back to your hotel.

Travis @VfxTravis


Check with your hotel or locals about what the safety is like at night around where you’re staying. I wasn’t confident about mine last year so after a couple of conversations for late night returns, I either walked with a friend or went door to door with Uber/Lyft.

Vee 🛸 GDC 😈🌈 @V_garpend


The tenderloin area is dangerous at night, I would avoid it completely. I would advocate staying in a group in the day.

People get mugged there every year.

Mark Mandel @Neurotic

 
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Final Thoughts & Resources

Have at least a few moments in the park above the conference

Martin 🐨 @MartinKvale


@stephanschutze has a great blog post on exactly this that I found helpful last time I went: http://gamasutra.com/blogs/StephanSchutze/20160203/265023/Travel_Tips_for_Developers.php

Jason Imms @jasonimms


I made up a comprehensive presentation of my notes from last year: https://www.dropbox.com/s/lwq4x3x9pycf3js/I%20Went%20To%20GDC%20And%20All%20I%20Got.pdf?dl=0

Barbara Kerr oh god GDC is upon us @ms45


As with every conference you’ll ever go to, in the games industry, or elsewhere, never go and come back thinking you wasted your time. Turn up with a hit list of people and outcomes.

Sandy Lobban @noisemeup

 

A big thanks to everyone for letting us share their tips! Have a great GDC!

 

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See all Game Audio Sessions at GDC 2019
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    All sounds were recorded using various sources and processed meticulously using high-end gear. These sound effects have been layered to give you ready-to-use elements. You can easily pitch, modulate, mangle and stretch these sounds to create thousands of variations. 'Organic Lifeform Textures' has been designed to enhance science fiction, mystery, suspense and fantasy video game and scoring projects. Note: The background ambience in the demo is not part of the product but is added free of charge.

  • Space Cargo Play Track 138 sounds included $22

    Bluezone Corporation presents 'Cargo – Spaceship Sound Effects', a new sci-fi sample library covering a wide range of elements including cockpit and interior ambiences, interface and beep sounds, reactor rumbles, spaceship passby sounds and more. Created with a large selection of high quality recordings and then meticulously layered, this downloadable sample pack will enhance your creative potential with as many as 138 highly usable sounds.

    All sound files are named according to their content and sorted thematically. WAV files are provided as 24 Bit / 96 kHz and sorted in 11 folders. In order to give you ready-to-use sounds for your productions, all samples are royalty-free for all your commercial projects.

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    CINEMATIC METAL – TITAN pushes big screen sound design beyond its comfort zone. New and unheard HITS, BRAAMS, BOOMS, IMPACTS, STINGERS and much more await you in the comprehensive Construction Kit and devastating Designed edition. Get over 12GB worth of clean, dazzling sound effects – available as individual components as well as layered, processed and ready to use.

    The library is available in two versions & a special bundle:

    CINEMATIC METAL – TITAN CONSTRUCTION KIT

    CINEMATIC METAL – TITAN sounds massive from start to finish. This Construction Kit in particular starts off with an unusual amount of kick. While foley and other, more meticulous applications are certainly possible, the main purpose here is to bring out the big guns and stomp any hint of moderation into the ground.

    LOCK AND LOAD
    Supplement your designs with detailed, high-end metallic sounds. The Construction Kit allows you to build unique, multi-accent effects that not only impress in scale, but also in fidelity, rhythm and character. This library particularly shines in situations, where the visible picture doesn’t necessarily produce the envisioned sound, but warrants its own supernatural emphasis.


    Files: 700 • Sounds: 4200 • Size: 10.9 GB


    CINEMATIC METAL – TITAN DESIGNED:

    Optimized for trailers, action scenes, in-game cinematics and special effects, the Designed edition brings fresh and exciting sounds to the table.

    Discover the force of aggressive, low, soft, processed, clean and tonal HITS, BRAAMS, IMPACTS, SCREECHES, STINGERS and SLAMS.

    DARK AND POWERFUL
    Paint a sense of dread and awe – CINEMATIC METAL – TITAN Designed can evoke fear of the unknown but just as easily kick into rampage mode: Empowered, ready for battle and thirsty for revenge. Find your perfect blend of haunting thriller and jacked, gritty anti-hero.
    Files: 100 • Sounds: 400 • Size: 1.5 GB


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    New Zealand Ambiences is a beautifully crafted ambience library exploring the incredible country and sounds of New Zealand (mainly focusing on the South Island). This library will take you on a sonic adventure exploring the many unique birds and creatures ranging from locations such as: Haast, Queenstown, Lake Paringa, Lake Wakatipu, Te Anau, the Clay Cliffs and Pukaki!

    Recorded at 24 bit/192 kHz you’ll have the flexibility to pitch these ambiences and bird songs to create some truly amazing other worldly atmospheres!

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    An Additional Library of Vol 1. the Jamaican Vibrations SFX library includes Walla sounds of Jamaican Patois chatting, urban and village ambiences, high mountain atmospheres, forest sounds, car rides, coffee farm working sounds, wooden house sounds, roomtones, beaches, as well as a luxury hotel visit. So if you're looking for the real sounds of Jamaica, here they are:

 
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