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GDC Panel: The Rant

Posted Mar 28, 2006 by Dana Massey

GDC Panel: The Rant

In this panel, some industry veterans get together to explain what they think is wrong with the game industry. Always a load of fun, Jon Wood was there to take it all in and filed this report.

One of the highlights of getting to visit the Game Developer's Conference has been getting to hear the opinions of various game developers on subjects across the board. It's an opportunity that any gamer would enjoy, and gives us an indication of where the industry as a whole is heading. Of all of the talks and seminars that took place over the week, perhaps the most anticipated was the Game Developer's Rant. Where else would you get to listen to industry experts really let loose with the things that are bothering them about making games, and the people who do it. The name of the rant session? Burn Baby, Burn!

The event was supposed to kick off with Frank Lantz, the co-founder and creative director of area/code, but he decided to give up the first part of his rant to his friend, Robin. Robin gave us a brief, but useful rant about what's next in video games, to her mind, judging by what she had seen so far at this conference, the next thing in games is: "hot babes". She went on to show a number of different female stereotypes that show up in games and in game promotion. The rant itself was sarcastic, meant to ask present developers to think about that way that women are being represented, or even being drawn into this industry.

You can read the report here.


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