Game Developers Conference organizers are working hard to program a great lineup of talks at GDC 2016 next March, and today they're excited to debut the first of what promises to be many standout Summit sessions.
The eight focused Summits at GDC fill the first two days of the event with lectures, panels, postmortems, and more to foster community-building within specific sectors of the game industry.
As part of the popular Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit, Prettygreat cofounder Luke Muscat (known for designing games like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride while at Halfbrick) will showcase how he and the Prettygreat team designed and fine-tuned the intuitive touch controls of the studio's debut game Land Sliders (pictured.)
Check out his talk, "Design in Detail: Controlling Land Sliders," if you'd like detailed insight and concrete examples of how to optimize your touch controls for your players, as well as advice on how to resolve divergent feedback from your playtesters.
For more insight into your community of players check out the "Cage Match! Reddit vs. Forums" panel discussion that will take place as part of the GDC 2016 Community Management Summit.
A panel of experienced community managers and social media specialists (Linda Carlson and Eric Cleaver from Trion Worlds [Trove], Tony Jones from Daybreak Games [H1Z1], Donna Prior from En Masse and Richard Weil from the Metaverse Mod Squad) will explain how they decide between guiding their communities through Reddit or their own forums, and offer data that may help guide you in making similar decisions.
In the months ahead, conference officials look forward to announcing many more GDC 2016 Summit sessions spanning a diverse array of game industry issues.
For now, don't miss the opportunity to save money by registering for the conference early -- the deadline to register for passes at a discounted rate is Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016.
GDC 2016 itself will take place March 14-18th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information on GDC 2016, visit the show's official website, or subscribe to regular updates via Facebook, Twitter, or RSS.
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