Wow! I just found out my talk was accepted! YAY.
If any of you will be at GDC, swing on by and check it out. It’s going to be on Wednesday from 2pm-3pm
Here’s the details:
Session Title: Reaching Into the Toy-Chest: A Look into Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure’s Design
Session Description: Making games is hard. Making a game with more than 32 playable characters is very difficult. Now integrate a huge line of collectable toys and you get Activision’s Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. Activision designer Mike Stout talks about the highs and lows of making this very challenging game.
Takeaway: It’s hard to make a game with so many unknowns (audience, franchise, and needing to question so many basic design concepts), but with good planning and solid design principles it is possible to succeed. This talk will outline how, from a design perspective, Skylanders did that and more.
Intended Audience: Designers will probably benefit most from the talk. I’m not planning to use any crazy jargon, though, so I think there will be good content for all disciplines.