Technology and Video Games journalist and consultant. I am a BAFTA member, event host and games judge. My work has appeared in Wired, The Independent and The Telegraph, and I regularly comment for outlets such as CNN, Yahoo! and The Metro. Prior to this, I launched the technology website CNET and the video games website GameSpot in the UK. Under my editorship, GameSpot UK became the biggest dedicated video game website in the UK, with 3.1m unique users per month.
Guy Cocker is a games journalist of 15 years' experience including editing GameSpot UK and Stuff Magazine. He has helped video game publishers including Electronic Arts, Activision and Sony by consulting on their in-development products and giving insights on how they are viewed by journalists and the media at large. This session will reveal some of the common issues faced by developers/publishers when communicating with journalists, insights on the prejudices and pressures journalists bring to the reviewing process, and specific methods the games industry can use to make sure their games are well received by the press.
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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.
Develop:Brighton is especially unique - it’s by the seaside and there’s a lovely relaxed tone that goes with that.The talks are cool, the networking is cool and having the opportunity to catch up with people – that’s always the excitement for me!
It’s really nice to see some of the younger people in our studio come to Develop, interact with other people in the dev community and make new contacts. I think it’s really important to learn from other people.
If you really want to have a good interface with the British game developer community then this is the place to come.
One of the things I like about Develop is it brings people together from across Europe and the whole world. There is a very high level of professionals here, so you have company leaders having drinks with juniors from their community.
Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
There’s really something for everyone at Develop and the experience of being around like-minded people is really useful.
There really is a huge mix of people at Develop - loads of peers that you can learn from and the perfect blend of every element of game development as well.
Develop is an excellent way of catching up with people – there’s a really nice community feel here.
Mike Bithell Games
Develop is important – the networking is very important. And go to talks they’re inspiring and get your creative juices flowing, they can make you think and you’ll learn how other people do things.
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