A man who was looking forward to being part of the biggest video game event in the world had his hopes dashed when he found out that the biggest event in video game history was being held in his hometown.
“I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to be here, I’ll be in the front row.
I’ll get to be on the front of the screen,'” Ryan Anderson told Vice News.
Anderson was one of more than 10,000 people in the country to be invited to the event known as the Game Developers Conference (GDC), where hundreds of thousands of people were expected to gather.
“There was no way I was going to miss it,” Anderson said.
“I really did not expect to be part of it, but it did feel like it was my last chance.
I just wanted to see it, to be there.”
Anderson, the founder of the game development company Unity Technologies, was one the first people to arrive at the conference on Thursday, July 31, in San Francisco.
“We were the first in line,” he said.
“The people who have come to the conference for the past couple of years have been very supportive and nice,” he continued.
“So we thought, well, let’s just go for it.
Let’s get to work.”
But Anderson, who lives in Portland, Oregon, had other plans.
He had been to every GDC since 2010 and had only recently decided to attend the upcoming event.”GDC is going to give us an opportunity to see the future of games, to see what the future is going in the gaming industry,” he explained.
“And it’s also going to show us that it’s a global conference, so we can talk to people all over the world.”
As part of his plan, Anderson flew to San Francisco on Thursday afternoon, where he was told by staff that he was going on a “mission” to make sure the event was the best possible.
“They said, ‘You’re going to make a mission out of it,'” Anderson recalled.
“When I told them, ‘I’m going on this mission, because I’m not going to attend any other events’, they said, [‘You can just] go to GDC and make it happen.'”
But he said he wasn’t ready to leave, so he decided to stick with the plan and was given the option to attend other GDCs.
Anderson said he took the chance.
“If there’s one thing I learned from GDC, it’s that you don’t really want to do it the same way twice,” he told Vice.
“If you’ve been in a situation like this, you know that if you want to make this a big deal, you’ve got to go out and do it again.”
But even though he didn’t have a ticket to the show, Anderson said he was “thrilled” by the chance to go to the gaming event, where thousands of developers and industry experts were going to meet.
“It was a huge event, and it was packed, but I was excited,” he added.
“We had a really good time.”
Anderson said that he plans to go back to his hometown of Portland to see how much of a difference the experience made, but he hopes to continue to attend GDC as many as possible.
As for Anderson, he said that his mission was fulfilled.
“For me, the experience was a big step in my career and also a really important milestone,” he noted.