Once again we had a fantastic Experimental Gameplay session thanks to the amazing work of so many fearless game design explorers.
Games featured in this year's session included Thumper, Parable of the Polygons, Earth Primer... as well as a series of novel controller games including Line Wobbler, SoundSelf and Curiouser and Curiouser. After the demonstrations, we actually kept the hall open for 2 more hours, so that people could hang out and play the experimental prototypes for themselves. A wonderful time was had by all. Not to mention - delicious donuts!
But by far, the highlight of this year's session (and arguably one of the most touching moments in our entire 13-year history) was the amazing, moving and deeply inspiring presentation by the team behind That Dragon Cancer - who have begun screening a film about their work Thank You For Playing in theaters across the U.S. A very difficult game to make, talk about and process, this amazing post-mortem on its design process left the crowd in tears... and culminated in a thunderous standing ovation.
But don't just take our word for it: watch it on the GDC Vault right now! Thanks to GDC for continually supporting Experiental Games, giving us the biggest best room at the show for our presentations, and of course the amazing audio and visual staff at Moscone who every year surprise us with how amazing our games can sound, look and feel.