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Session Name: Creating Original Character-Based Brands and IP: A Postmortem on Johnny Crash
Speaker(s): Teemu Kivikangas
Company Name(s): Ironstar Helsinki Ltd.
Track / Format: GDC Mobile: Game Design
Overview: This presentation offers a critical exploration of the creation of the Johnny Crash franchise JOHNNY CRASH and sequel JOHNNY CRASH STUNTMAN DOES TEXAS - from the initial idea through design and production to the final product. Special focus in this postmortem is on creation of original character-based game brands. It discusses the strategic value of developing own, original content-based intellectual property and explores the pros and cons of this approach when compared to licensing IP from other entertainment industries.

Own unique character-based brands can create a solid foundation for a series of successful future titles with a loyal following of gamers. Process of designing and creating game brands is explored with emphasis on developing the JOHNNY CRASH game characters. The presentation provides an overview of the character as the core of the whole brand. The type of challenges that had to be overcome in developing the game, what went right, what went wrong and what kind of lessons were learned are discussed.

GDC 2006

Teemu Kivikangas

Ironstar Helsinki Ltd.

free content

GDC Mobile: Game Design

Smartphone / Tablet Games


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