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Tools Live Longer Than Games Do: What I Learned About Tools Development From Games Industry Legends

David Lightbown  (User Experience Director, Ubisoft)

Date: Friday, March 19

Time: 10:05am - 10:35am

Track: Programming

Format: Discussion Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Post-mortems of classic games have been well received at GDC, but there have been very few stories about classic game tools. In an effort to preserve their history, David Lightbown has spent the last few years interviewing people who were instrumental in the development of classic game tools, such as John Romero, Tim Sweeney, and others. This presentation summarizes the high-level take-aways from the interviews with these legends, and how tools developers can benefit from their experience.