For so many events there's an almost indescribable quality that draws developers to part with their cash year after year in order to pick up a ticket. Until you've taken that risk and attended the first one, however, you're utterly blind as to just what that quality is.
It's not something that you can determine from talk titles, parties sponsors or even the attendee list – we can all think of conferences that were packed full of the industry's brightest and best and yet, for whatever reason, proved to be utterly irrelevant to the concerns of those sat in the audience.
For GameHorizon, the quality that greeted attendees that doesn't feature in the event's press blurb is a genuine sense of community.
It was both my first visit both to GameHorizon and its host city Newcastle, yet pretty much every face I encountered was either someone from the UK development scene I'd encountered before or a friend of a friend of a friend.
Like Pocket Gamer Connects, for most attendees making connections seemed to be as much of pull as learning from the speakers. Though we can't recreate that aforementioned sense of community on these pages, however, what we can do is pass on some of what we picked up during out stay:
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