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Dream Daddies and Fearful Fathers: How Indies Can Cope with Being Terminally Online

Leighton Gray  (Writer & Director, Game Grumps)

Date: Thursday, March 18

Time: 11:15 am - 11:45 am

Track: Production & Team Management

Format: Discussion Session

Vault Recording: TBD

This GDC 2019 talk will feature real-time interaction with the speaker through online chat messaging during its scheduled broadcast. As a game developer in 2019, your biggest asset and your most towering obstacle is the internet. And especially as an indie, you don't have the luxury of just logging off when things get overwhelming. So how do you keep your thumbs on the pulse of the internet while also staying sane? Through the perspective of the internet-induced nervous breakdown Leighton Gray had in the wake of Dream Daddy's success and her desperate clawing back to emotional normalcy and understanding, she'll talk about how to weather success (and failure) by cultivating a healthier relationship with the internet.


Attendees of this talk will gain a better historical and psychological understanding of why the culture of the internet is so contentious and harmful to the human brain, how to cultivate a better relationship with it without logging off entirely, and how to tolerate complexity both online and off.

Intended Audience

Do you find yourself glued to Twitter even though it mostly just makes your blood boil? Are you overwhelmed by the breakneck pace of media criticism online? Do you want to learn to have a healthier relationship with the internet? Then this talk is for you! No prerequisite knowledge required.