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Empathy for Octopodes: How Octodad Helped Young Horses Grow Up

John Murphy  |  Game Designer, Young Horses

Location: Room 2005, West Hall

Format: Session
Track: Independent Games Summit
Vault Recording: Video

It has been three years since Octodad first wrapped his tentacles around the Internet, attempting to give it a fatherly hug. Of the 20 students who created the original Octodad, eight went on to form Young Horses and create Octodad: Dadliest Catch. But with a team as new to being adult humans as Octodad himself, development began...clumsily. Hear how learning to empathize and communicate while making Dadliest Catch has shaped the team, Octodad and the future of Young Horses.


Attendees will learn how tossing auteurism out the window can result in a game that is consistent, distinct and expressive of a community. Attendees will also learn how this approach can foster trust, respect and empathy, and how this growth as a team can shape a game and a studio.