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Improving Critique of Game Projects with Expert and Peer Feedback

Summit Speakers:

Jessica Hammer (Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University)

Martin Pichlmair (Co-Founder, Broken Rules)

Location: Room 2014, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 19

Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits, Educators Summit - Get your pass now!

Topic: Educators Summit

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

In design education, as well as commercial creative practice, game educators are constantly asked to provide critique for unfinished work. This talk presents best practices, common challenges, and successful formats around providing critique. In addition to providing material on expert-led critique, Jessica Hammer and Martin Pichlmair will share two experimental approaches for improving peer feedback on game projects. Considerations for selecting and implementing appropriate critique methods will be discussed. While originating from education, the presented techniques are applicable to a wide range of design areas, from game design to visual arts.


This session will help you reflect on your own practice of critique in education or commercial creative practice. You will learn how to structure criticism during a development project, how to criticise the work of students and peers, and how to develop and employ new formats for critique in your course or within your company. You will also learn how to facilitate higher-quality critique from fellow students or peer designers.