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Bloody Design: Gameplay, Fluid Physics and Rendering From the Inside-Out (Presented by Level Ex, Inc.)

Sam Glassenberg  (CEO and Founder, Level Ex, Inc.)

Itay Keren  (Lead Technical Designer, Level Ex)

Location: Room 2011, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference, GDC Summits, Expo Plus, Audio Conference + Tutorial, Indie Games Summit - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Sponsored Session

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

Audience Level: Intermediate

At Level Ex, a team of video game industry veterans creates real, deep, and beautiful games for doctors, testing their surgical and puzzle-solving skills to the absolute limit. In fact, the studio's 3D fluid and soft body tech was an unexpected winner at the 2018 Siggraph Real-Time Live awards.

Join CGI pioneer Sam Glassenberg (LucasArts, Microsoft DirectX) and Apple Design Award winner Itay Keren (Mushroom 11) as they share stories and anecdotes from the pursuit of the body's most interesting game mechanics, and how to bring them to life with realistic physics and gory-yet-gorgeous visuals.


Have you ever designed a physics-puzzle game requiring players to carefully extract a nail lodged in a carpenter's throat? Have you combined soft bodies, mixing 3D fluids, and subsurface scattering shaders to build levels that terrify even the most experienced surgeon? Learn how in this not-for-the-faint-of-heart talk.

Intended Audience

This talk is intended for game designers, graphics and physics devs, and technical artists who are interested in using real-time fluids and soft body physics techniques and hacks to create novel and fun game mechanics… And anyone curious about the game design challenges of capturing the crises of surgery.