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Keynote: Monument Valley, and What We Leave In Hearts and Minds


Mobile game creators now face an opportunity to create not just cheap disposable entertainment, but meaningful experiences that can affect the lives of millions.
Today we have better tools, more choice in economic models and more diverse audiences than any other time in video game history. Development of our artistry, however, lags behind. With all our power, what are we doing to bring more joy, beauty and ideas into the world? When the player stops playing, what have we left in their hearts and minds?
We were delighted when Monument Valley became a critical and commercial success despite breaking almost every convention in mobile game design. What we didn't expect was for the game to create such a powerful emotional and intellectual connection especially with people who don't normally play games. This prompted us to reexamine the potential of mobile games as a unique medium for story, meaning and art.

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