GDC: Creating Strong Video Game Characters
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by Amanda Luginbuhl
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I've never heard of isolating the green channel of the normal map and using it as a paint layer. What effect does that create exactly?

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GDC: Creating Strong Video Game Characters
4 May, 2018

How does one build a strong game character? A character who would be believable and inspiring? Check out another awesome GDC session by Jeremy Bernstein to answer these questions. Jeremy discussed some memorable game characters, like Gordon Freeman and Nathan Drake, to break down some of the key aspects of building outstanding heroes.  

In this 2014 GDC session, freelance writer Jeremy Bernstein dissects memorable characters in existing video games, address the unique challenges in establishing characters in games, and provide a framework for creating strong game characters that cover styles ranging from Portal to Dragon Age.


GDC 2018 is just around the corner, so stay tuned for more educational stuff from the event. Make sure to subscribe to the official channel on YouTube not to miss new talks. 

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Great talk, nailed it.