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Video: Game industry all-stars reflect on 30 years of making games

From Chris Crawford to Palmer Luckey, game industry luminaries reflect on how game development has changed in the past 30 years in this special "Flash Backward" at the 30th edition of GDC this year.

Last month the 30th edition of the Game Developers Conference took place, and to honor the special occasion GDC organizers gathered a coterie of game industry luminaries to speak about how the art and business of making games had changed in the past 30 years.

The idea was to offer attendees a look back at significant trends in our industry through the eyes of the people who helped shape them, from the dawn of the computer game industry and the age of adventure games through to the rise of home consoles, the heyday of MMORPGs and the advent of smartphones, tablets and virtual reality.

It was a standout session that featured thoughtful insight and advice from luminaries like Computer Game Developers Conference founder Chris Crawford, Quest for Glory co-creator Lori Cole, former Sony and Microsoft exec Phil Harrison, Fruit Ninja designer Luke Muscat and Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey.

The full talk is absolutely worth watching (or rewatching, if you happend to catch it live) right now for free via the official GDC YouTube channel.

About the GDC Vault

In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault and its new YouTube channel offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers.

Those who purchased All Access passes to recent events like GDC, GDC Europe, and GDC Next already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription via a GDC Vault subscription page. Group subscriptions are also available: game-related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can receive access for their entire office or company by contacting staff via the GDC Vault group subscription page. Finally, current subscribers with access issues can contact GDC Vault technical support.

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