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Day one observations

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johnhattan

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The writeup of the Casual Games Summit is ready, and I'll post it in a couple of hours when I get with the rest of the guys and figure out where the new GDC admin page is.

The gist I got from the Casual Games Summit is that nothing really new happened in the past year. The moneymaking model seems to be split between the "download the demo then pay $19.95" model and the "subscribe monthly and play all the games you want" model. The technology has really stayed static over the course of the year. No really interesting new "gee whiz" technology this time around.

"Oluseyi" isn't just a handle. It's actually the guy's real name. Far as I can tell, the name can only be pronounced by dolphins, but he doesn't mind if you call him "shay", which isn't bad. Interestingly, that means that he's the only person at gamedev who does use his real name for his login.

And no, "John Hattan" is not my real name. It's just a handle. My birth name is "L33t Lord Vladimir Armageddon III".

If we ever have an all-gamedev tug-o-war, bet on the team that's got Oluseyi and me on it.

The Moscone thing is rather a pain to get around. It appears that the whole thing is vertically oriented, with registration taking up the entire first floor. That means that once you're registered, you'll have to do everything else on the second and third floors.

I've got a "quality of life" summit today. I genuinely don't know what to expect for this one.

Expo hall opens tomorrow.

No pens yet, which is downright unacceptable, given that gamedev has its own pen this year. I didn't even get a canvas duffel bag. I hang my head in shame.
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You can pick up the bag full-o'-crap-and-a-sweet-pen at the main registration desk downstairs. Just tell them they didn't have any in the press room.

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"Oluseyi" isn't just a handle. It's actually the guy's real name. Far as I can tell, the name can only be pronounced by dolphins, but he doesn't mind if you call him "shay", which isn't bad. Interestingly, that means that he's the only person at gamedev who does use his real name for his login.


That is indeed an interesting fact! =)

Wait.. your name isn't John Hattan? And I think Khawk is his actual name.. so that's at least two staff members with actual names as logins. =P

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On a completely different topic, I hope your expo booth-trawling skills are up to par, for we compete for the Most Pens Collected trophy, starting tomorrow!

En garde!

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