A Challenge

by Darius Kazemi on March 25, 2009

in gdc,networking

Looks like I have a networking challenge this year at GDC. I lost my voice completely. No idea what caused it. Seems like some sinus stuff compounded with yelling at parties. Yes, I am drinking tea, taking meds, etc.

I wrote up some notecards that I’m communicating with. It’s actually easy to predict what people will ask in 90% of encounters at GDC. Here are some of my cards:
  • I lost my voice completely.
  • I am communicating entirely with notecards.
  • This fucking sucks.
  • How’s life treating you?
  • How’s the conference?
  • Business is good, we’re working with Gazillion, the new MMO publisher.
  • I do gameplay metrics middlware and consulting.
  • We’re working on Jumpgate Evolution and LEGO Universe.
  • Thank you!
  • I hear 2K Boston is hiring like crazy [in case someone's looking for work]
  • It’s great to see you, even if I can’t talk.
The session I’m speaking at is 2:30PM on Friday. I really really really hope I’ll be better by then. Alternatively… I could give a presentation entirely as a Lessig-style powerpoint with lots of words and pictures, it would be kind of a slide show. But then, what’s the value there? I could just post the slides and it’d be the same thing as being there in person.


Deirdra Kiai March 25, 2009 at 8:24 pm

One word: Mime.

David March 25, 2009 at 9:03 pm

That does suck, and good luck.

mik3cap March 25, 2009 at 11:39 pm

I am totally picturing a networking game where you match challenge and response cards… kind of like the dueling in Monkey Island!!

(This means you need a notecard that says “how appropriate, you fight like a cow”)

Amanda Cosmos March 26, 2009 at 2:24 am

That Darius, he’s such a good listener!

I also vote Mime. Or drag that one in from the street.

annerajb March 26, 2009 at 3:15 am

hope you get better by Friday and ill be going to your talk :D

David McGraw March 26, 2009 at 3:44 am

Holy crap… I’m sorry man. Get better.

Another idea for your presentation is actually typing text. :P

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