FILE - In this March 25, 2009 file photo, Video game enthusiasts attend the Game Developers Conference, in San Francisco. The schedule for the 2013 GDC held March 25-29, illustrates the dramatic changes that have reshaped the gaming industry in recent years, an evolution that's as much about business models as it is about pixels. GDC organizers have added a summit on free-to-play games, planned talks on topics like crowd funding and micro-transactions and coordinated panels with such titles as "Making Money with Mobile Gaming" and "Why Won't FarmVille Go Away?" (AP Photo/Ben Margo, Filet)
The GDC attracts over 22,500 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.
It's grown from an informal gathering of about 25 developers in the living room of a notable game designer 26 years ago, to a week-long conference for more than 22,500 industry insiders.
Initially, the GDC was focused on computer games, but the industry has now diversified to the point that it includes any number of platforms, such as dedicated gaming consoles, handheld devices, mobile, smartphone and tablet devices, online, and of course computers.
From year to year, the GDC continues to define market innovations and future vision, providing insight into the future of gaming. This year developers are getting ready to make games for a new console coming out this coming holiday season: PlayStation 4.
But one of the GDC booths that got the most attention this year is an independent start-up company called Oculus VR, which made what some are calling the first Virtual Reality headset that gamers will actually want.
Several major new titles set to be released later this year were unveiled at GDC 13, including:
- the next installment in the military action first-person shooter game "Battlefield 4." The 25-game Battlefield series has sold 50 million units worldwide since its inception in 2002.
- from the makers of Mortal Kombat, "Injustice: Gods Among Us" is an upcoming superhero fighting game based upon the fictional universe of DC Comics.
- the third-person action-adventure "Star Trek: The Video Game," uses actor likenesses and voices from the upcoming Star Trek movie from Paramount Pictures
There was also an update on one of the most popular casual games of all time. Tetris Blitz is a new, faster-paced version of the classic puzzle game designed for smart phones and tablets.