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"We forget that games are part of a much larger universe."

In this free GDC Vault video from the first GDC Next, co-host John Sharp notes some of the influences outside of games along with co-host Colleen Macklin, introducing USC educator and former Uncharted developer Richard Lemarchand, Journey developer Kellee Santiago, The Unfinished Swan's Ben Esposito, and Wizardry designer Brenda Romero, who share their inspirations from art to music to The Muppets, in the talk "Influences: Thinking Outside the Game." The video starts after the jump:

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