One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down one Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming.
What is GDC, what do you need to know and why do you need to care?
What It Is: GDC = GDC is the “Games Developers Conference.”
What It Means: GDC is a brand, with multiple GDC events happening throughout the year.The European event and Chinese event are properly referred to as “GDC EU” and “GDC China” respectively, with the original American event simply named “GDC,” but colloquially, a person’s GDC is the one relevant to their geographic region.
Why You Care: GDC is a major moment in the year’s gaming event calendar. It is not open to the public, but is a closed event accessible only to games industry professionals to meet, network and exchange information and ideas. Many important announcements and deals will take place around GDC events. In Europe, GDC(EU) is held annually in Cologne, with the entire city going games-themed for the month, with satellite events including the Respawn speaking circuit and the large public event GamesCon.