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Game Career Seminar: Let's make a PICO-8 Game in 30 Minutes!

Matthew Lindsay  (Game Developer, Independent)

Date: Friday, July 23

Time: 10:50am - 11:20am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass, Career Development Pass

Topic: Game Career Development

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: I acknowledge GDC 2021 is an all-digital event and commit to participating virtually.

An overview of PICO-8 and why it's useful for game prototyping. Over the course of the presentation we will go from a blank project to a small prototype with tips along the way and information about additional resources for PICO-8. Learn how PICO-8's combination of Lua scripting and smart constraints lend themselves well to rapid development cycles, and how the export options make it easy to share projects for iteration.


Attendees will leave the talk knowledgeable about how to make a PICO-8 game, aware of resources to help them do so, and inspired to go out and make some.

Intended Audience

This talk is intended for those with at least a basic familiarity with game development tools, especially designers looking for an additional way to sketch out ideas quickly or looking for inspiration in constraints.