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Welcome to the First Day of GDC 2023

It's the week we've been waiting for all year: The 2023 Game Developers Conference has returned to the Moscone Convention Center. We're kicking things off with an incredible first day of summits, talks, sponsored summits, and events.

You can pick up your badge between 8:00am and 5:00pm at registration, located in South Hall, Street Level. Be sure to complete your registration and log into Swapcard so you can start learning and networking. 

Sessions start at 9:30am today. If you’re still building your schedule, check out our GDC Session Guides, organized by discipline. We also wanted to highlight a few sessions you shouldn’t miss out on as you start your week:

Climate Crisis Workshop: Use Your Game Developer Superpowers to Fight

Location: Room 2014, West Hall
Time: 10:30 am - 6:30 pm

Description: "Through expert lectures and hands-on design activities, participants will both better understand the climate crisis and unlock their own superpowers as game developers, immediately applying new theory and practice to develop an original game pitch by the end of the day."

Future Realities Summit: Clinical Virtual Reality: A Brief Review of the Future

Location: Room 209, South Hall
Time: 10:50 am - 11:50 am

Description: "Albert Rizzo, Director of Medical VR & Research Professor at USC-Institute for Creative Technologies, will present the latest developments within the context of a conceptual model of five core processes where VR adds value over traditional clinical strategies. By understanding these processes (Expose, Distract, Motivate, Measure, and Engage) and the clinical VR apps that illustrate them, the audience will more clearly see how game development concepts and expertise can play a vital role in the future of mental and rehabilitative healthcare!"

Game Narrative Summit: Respecting Player Fantasies in Dating Sims

Location: Room 3016, West Hall
Time: 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

Description: "In this talk, Betty Robertson, BAFTA-nominee and Senior Narrative Designer at Survios, explains the ins and outs of player fantasy and expectations in the Dating Sim genre. The talk highlights player types, romance styles, and the importance of character design matching player expectations."

Production Essentials Summit: The Producer's Role in Fostering Cultural Inclusion

Location: Room 2010, West Hall
Time: 4:10 pm - 5:10 pm

Description: "In this session, consultant and trainer Tina Merry will explore topics to help effectively navigate cultural diversity and to support a strategic approach for increased effectiveness and inclusion in all multicultural interactions."

Independent Games Summit: Indie Soapbox

Location: Room 2005, West Hall
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Description: "Indie Soapbox is the chance for indie devs from diverse backgrounds and projects to come together to share their thoughts, lessons and provocations about indie game dev in this long standing micro talk format. Attendees will enjoy a rich and varied set of themes and topics, all in a punchy format that has something for everyone."

For more great summits and sessions to check out today, be sure to visit the full GDC 2023 schedule in Session Viewer! And if you're still in need of a GDC pass, you can register for GDC 2023 at on-site registration prices.

GDC is happening now in San Francisco, March 20-24! For more information, be sure to visit our website and follow the #GDC23 hashtag on social media.

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