As the video game industry searches for the next big thing in gaming, designers around the world are honing their skills and playing with new ideas and theories in game design. Most of the time, digital artists and designers are locked behind their screens and spread around the world, but the Game Developers Conference provides a forum for the worldwide community to come together and share ideas on the future of gaming. They come from Europe, China, South America, and across the United States, and GDC gives them an opportunity each year to meet the industry’s biggest players face to face. With more than 400 lectures, panels, tutorials, and discussions on the skills and perspectives needed to push the envelope of game design, the conference is as much a school as it is a battle to get attention among the best of the best. Check out some of the sights and sounds of this year’s GDC in this audio slideshow.