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Develop 09: The Writing Process

By Kieron Gillen on July 22nd, 2009.

The first panel which was something of a disappointment. There’s a tendency for industry panels to turn into a reinstatement of the accepted wisdom (Or, at least, the accepted forward-looking wisdom). Even as someone not actually in development, there was little about the writing process which was new to me. That said, one of the panelists – James Swallow – is a writer on Deus Ex 3, and let out a few minor details on the process, which are worth reiterating.
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Develop 09: When A Creative Director Attacks!

By Kieron Gillen on July 21st, 2009.

God, I wish I took some photos at Develop. That'd probably have been clever.
Paul Barnett’s special Paul Barnett show (subtitled “Or what I learned this year with EA!”) was characteristically scatter shot. Like a blunderbuss filled with nails, fragments of old CRASH cover-tapes and radioactive filings. The title’s somewhat deceptive, being less what he’s learned recently, and more a format for a general meditation on creativity and videogames. “Meditation” is a word, I suspect, Barnett would bristle at. As far as theorists go, he’s resolutely anti-theory. If you have to draw a through line via all his observations, it’d be that. Show fear and suspicion at those who claim to be able to put a neat graph over art.
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Develop 09: Is Digital Distribution The PC Saviour?

By Kieron Gillen on July 20th, 2009.

Look at us pretend to be a shitty business journal.

Yes! Next panel.

It was a panel whose title (“Is Digital Distribution The Saviour Of The PC Game?” non-shortened version fans) didn’t exactly promise much which anyone who hadn’t been following the PC recently didn’t already know – but in actual fact, it proved to be the most relevant and interesting session of the entire of Develop for me. High information bandwidth, basically, with Charlie Barrett (Kalypso Media), Dorian Bloch (Chart Track), Richard Keen (Direct2Drive), Mark Morris (Introversion) and David Nottingham (Lucasarts) chewing over the issues and revealing a lot of sexy speculation, anecdotes and numbers.
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Develop ’09: Elite vs GTA: Designer Mash-Up

By Alec Meer on July 16th, 2009.

Kieron and I have been expanding our minds and destroying our livers at the annual Develop conference in Brighton, Blighty for the last couple of the days. One of the highlights of the show so far has been David Braben, he of Elite fame, and Dave Jones, he of APB and GTA1 fame and their ‘designer mash-up.’ The concept – they play each other’s most iconic game, and provide retrospective commentary about their time making these two goliaths of gaming history. Some ramblomatic highlights below…
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