A year ago, I was sitting in a conference room in the conference center of the gaming industry’s biggest event.
The attendees were coming to hear the keynote speakers, developers, publishers, and industry analysts.
And as I was listening, a man was speaking, with a microphone hanging from his neck.
I didn’t know who he was.
But he was a woman.
She was speaking.
She had a microphone, and she was speaking about games, and that day, I realized something.
For the first time, I could hear people in the room.
There were some who had heard her speak before, and some who hadn’t.
It wasn’t until the second or third speaker that I recognized her.
She’d recently become a speaker at GDC, and was delivering a talk about cross-platform games.
At that moment, I thought I was going to lose.
At first, I didn, too.
But after the talk, I noticed that a lot of the attendees seemed to be interested in the technology and games we had discussed, and I was impressed by how excited they were to learn more.
It was the first conference I’d ever attended, and for a few weeks, I had a new appreciation for the potential of cross-play.
I wanted to see what would happen if I didn’T play cross-game games?
How would the industry respond?
And that’s when I realized there was a real opportunity for cross-media gaming.
I wasn’t the only one to see the potential for crossplay, but I had the opportunity to witness it firsthand.
And with GDC 2016 in the rearview mirror, I decided to take a leap of faith, and take my first step towards a cross-publishing partnership with one of the most important and influential companies in the industry.
It’s not a big leap of belief, but it was a major step in the right direction.
Let’s look at the potential I saw in cross-gaming, and the challenges that we faced in building an open, inclusive and supportive environment for developers.
Let me first set the stage: I want to thank GDC for inviting me to its 2016 conference, and giving me the chance to spend the summer between conferences to meet some of the biggest developers in the world.
This year’s GDC is the largest gathering of the year, and it brings together the biggest games companies in existence.
But, unlike last year, this year I had an opportunity to meet a lot more developers.
The biggest of these was a crossplatform game developer from Germany, who had been a game developer for over a decade.
She came up to me and introduced herself.
She’s one of my mentors, and this is her first GDC appearance.
She said, “I’m Joachim Schmitt, the creator of the game, The Witness.”
She’s the person who has been working with me since the beginning of GDC.
She also brought up some very important points, like that I had to build a lot from the ground up.
And we started from the assumption that we needed to build our games in a way that was as accessible as possible to the widest possible audience.
This is something I really love about games.
They allow people to learn from each other, and they allow for cross play between devices.
I was so impressed with the level of care I was receiving.
When I started GDC a couple of years ago, the majority of developers were in a different mindset.
We didn’t have a lot in common, and developers had little incentive to interact with each other.
As a result, there wasn’t a lot that was shared and shared well.
For example, when I first started working on The Witness, the first person I contacted was my cousin.
We hadn’t talked for years, but the time passed quickly.
When we finally talked, I found myself asking him about the game.
He was curious about the new features that we’d added, and he even showed me the code for the new interface, and told me that he was going through some issues that he needed to address.
I told him that I would be happy to help him.
And that was it.
He did that, and then it was his turn to contact me.
He went to the developers group at GDS, and asked about a game that he wanted to try.
I had been playing a lot with his phone, and we decided to go to him to talk to him.
At the time, this was a bit of a strange situation.
I’d known Joacham since the age of four, and so it was obvious that he had been working on a lot.
Joachame had been building games for the past two years, and had created a bunch of really cool games for mobile devices, as well as games for PC.
But it was very unusual for me to meet him.
He had never met anyone before.
And when he first told me, I hadn’t really seen the word cross-console