GDC is the indie scrappiness to E3′s mainstream AAA cacophony. E3 is a terrifying place that has only brought me suffering. GDC is, or at least has been the last two years I’ve attended, a really splendid time. Based around a massive range of talks from all aspects of the industry, rather than publishers’ competing subwoofers, the emphasis here really is on the craft, rather than the explosions. As I explore it once again, I’m going to share the experience in diary form.