Octodad, Young Horses, And The Importance Of Context in Game Postmortems

GDEX Main Theater (C160)

Saturday September 29, 2018 - 10:00 am to 10:45 am

Post-mortems in the video games industry are often presented in terms of the decisions that a developer made over the course of a game's creation and release. However, describing a resulting success or failure in terms of steps can lead other developers astray in thinking that those surrounding circumstances can be recreated to get the same result at a substantially different point in time. I'd like to explain the circumstances surrounding Octodad/Young Horses' success while giving further context for how and with what information we make the decisions that lead our studio. My hope is to provide people with tools to be self critical and properly question the information they're presented with before jumping in the deep end of the dangerous world of game development advice.