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Session Name: Classic Game Postmortem: Alone in the Dark
Speaker(s): Frederick Raynal
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Track / Format: Game Design

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Before there was Resident Evil, Silent Hill, or any other popular survival horror games, there was Alone in the Dark. The atmospheric action-adventure title is widely considered the forefather of the genre, establishing conventions like claustrophobic areas, stories revealed through expository items, and giving players limited ammunition to deal with hordes of monsters. Its cinematic presentation and fixed third-person camera angles went on to influence many non-survival horror releases, too. Alone in the Dark's designer Frederick Raynal will share how he and his team crafted the seminal game and helped spawn a genre that still scares millions today.

GDC 2012

Frederick Raynal

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Game Design