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Video: Reimagining a classic game as Bennett Foddy's Speed Chess

Game designer Bennett Foddy (QWOP, GIRP) tries to reshape the game of kings to be more to his liking at GDC 2014. "On your mark, get set...CHESS!"

How do you test your mettle as a bona fide game designer?

"I think game designers, if they're serious, should have to come up with at least one Pong variant and at least one chess variant," said QWOP designer Bennett Foddy during the GDC 2014 Experimental Gameplay Workshop. "The problem is, I kind of hate chess."

Foddy then proceeded to demonstrate his unusual approach to game design by reimagining chess as a 16-player competitive multiplayer video game, replete with real-time combat and plenty of beautiful chaos.

It was a fun presentation, and now you can see how Foddy's spin on this timeless game came together over on the GDC Vault's YouTube channel. It's free!

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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