On Friday, March 2nd a dream team from Mechanist Games hopped over the rippling Pacific Ocean from Xiamen and arrived safely in San Francisco where the annual epic gathering of game developers was set to take place. Arriving with a burst of energy reminiscent of an earlier Universe the team set up the booth and awaited the doors to open, the crowds to mass and the opportunity to be part of the notable Game Developers Conference (GDC).
At 10am PST on March 6th the heavy doors that separated video game enthusiasts, members of the press and people from all walks of life opened and in short order the impossible controlled chaos and general ohhhs, ahhhs and awe swept through the GDC complex. Set to finish on the 9th of March the conference kicked off with GDC Play, which the official GDC website states is “a unique opportunity for emerging developers to showcase their games to fellow GDC attendees”. Mechanist Games was set up at No 37 and No 38 kiosks, additionally in the Moscone Convention Center North Hall booth number 1832. Here 7 members of the Mechanist Games staff including the company’s founder, David Lindsay, The senior VP Joey Zhang, and the marketing manager Andrew Woodruff stood prepared to field questions from GDC attendees. Attendees were offered the opportunity to experience Mechanist Games’ first entry: City of Steam on computers placed in the booths.
In the meantime, and having started at 11am February 28th, Mechanist Games released a two-week Pre-Alpha Sneak Peek to subscribed members of the official City of Steam website. The test, which was originally intended in part as a token of appreciation and gratitude to early community members and as a means to iron out details has been a great success. However, with an unprecedented number of requests for more access keys the company was pleased to announce that more keys were being distributed to fill the need and are available through subscription to the newsletter. For more information from the front lines of the GDC and the game please visit the official website.
Special thanks go out to the staff and volunteers from the GDC in San Francisco.
GDC San Francisco
Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco
747 Howard Street,
Kiosk 37 and 38.