Hi from Austin, Texas. I’ve been down here for most of the week at the Austin Game Developer Conference. AGDC is mostly about massively multiplayer games (MMO), but they do have an interesting track focused on writing in games. Having worked on Elder Scrolls games — which are often described as single player MMOs — I always find sessions of interest. Gamasutra has some great coverage of the conference.
Personally, I am a fan of postmortem themed talks. I love hearing about day to day development details and how other developers grapple with the issues that inevitably come up.
Matt Firor and other folks from our sister studio – Zenimax Online Studios – are also here. I’m actually writing this while listening to a panel discussion that is being moderated by Matt.
If you are someone who wants to break into the industry, you should definitely be attending the game developers conferences here in Austin and the larger one in San Francisco. I can think of no better way to get direct access to developers, HR managers, and industry recruiters.