SAN JOSE, Calif. — Several people at GDC have remarked that more parties than usual are taking place at this year’s conference, and I counted at least five last night. Microsoft lured about 100 people – mostly from gaming enthusiast Web sites — to San Francisco’s SupperClub for drinks and dinner. Beds covered in white sheets lined the walls of the club, and people lounged on them playing dozens of Xbox 360s on flat-screen, high-definition televisions. I spoke to Xbox chief Peter Moore and Shane Kim, head of Microsoft Game Studios.
I went back to San Jose to stop by a pirate-themed party held by German publisher CDV in honor of its upcoming game Tortuga. CDV even had a five-member band dressed like pirates. Who knew there were pirate balladeers in San Jose?
Finally I stopped by Autodesk’s party at San Jose’s Club Glo. The San Rafael, Calif.-based Autodesk makes the AutoCad drafting software and the 3ds Max video-game animation software. The party featured women in bikinis and feathered headdresses and women on stilts whose outfits were covered in thin glowing lines of light. For the game developers who paid any attention to anything else, there were Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga and Donkey Kong arcade games to play.