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Video: Peter Molyneux walks through the making of Black & White

Looking back at this GDC 2000 keynote from Molyneux offers insight into how games were made & talked about at the turn of the millennium, as well as perspective on how the game industry has grown.

August 3, 2017

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Nearly two decades ago, veteran game designer Peter Molyneux took the stage at the 2000 Game Developers Conference to deliver a keynote address about, appropriately enough, the development of a notable game: Lionhead Studios' Black & White.

Looking back at it now provides some interesting insight into how games were made and talked about at the turn of the millennium, as well as some perspective on how the game industry has grown since then.

Plus, Molyneux shared some early images of concepts and prototypes for the game that became Black & White, a key piece of the (now defunct) Lionhead Studios legacy. A year later, he would go on to pen a full postmortem of the game that you can still read today.

Now, thanks to a bit of digital magic, you can go back and watch Molyneux's talk for free over on 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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