I've been working in the game's industry for the last 25 years, having graduated in a largely irrelevant modern history and politics degree. My entire career has been spent in the field of game design. Notable achievements include the five years I spent at Sony, where as Director of the New Concept Group, I led the team that created the design for Until Dawn. From there, I went to work on LittleBigPlanet at Sumo Digital as Design Director. For the last five years I've worked as Creative Director and Head of Design at mobile gaming pioneer, NaturalMotion.
Creating great concepts is difficult. It's an exercise in projection. The game you're designing now, will likely not be released for several years. Your job is to look at the state of things as they are, and predict how the market will evolve and grow. A great game concept foresees the potential of the future, and realises that in a fresh, innovative, but also grounded form. It's not just about what games are doing, you'll need to look at culture more broadly, and judge where interesting intersections between games and entertainment create opportunities for your title. In this talk, Damian will will give insights based on his experience of designing game concepts, leaving you with practical techniques you can use to enhance your design work.
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Develop:Brighton’s a great conference. It’s got a spread of people from all parts of the games industry talking about such a wide range of topics.
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Ian Livingstone, CBE
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We are so lucky to have Develop here in the UK. It’s a unique event where you can come and discover new things with people who care passionately about video games. It’s a sea full of new ideas.
Develop is a really great way to network, it’s also great for going to talks and finding that little tip that you didn’t know before and thinking – oh I’ll bring that back to the team!
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Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
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There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
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