July Meeting

Join us this month for an awesome panel with groovy, knowledgeable people. Join us on Wednesday July 27, 2016 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe beginning at 7:00PM. This month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 110.

Game Design: To School or Not to School

Are you a prospective or current student of game design? Maybe you’re looking to switch degrees? Do you want to know what your future holds after your education? Come hear from expert game developers and designers from all over the spectrum ranging from academically trained to self educated. They’ll be talking about the advantages and disadvantages of getting a degree in Game Design based on their experiences.

Hosted by IGDA Phoenix and WIGI AZ.

Panelists include:
Aby Moore (Lead Artist and Co-Founder Broken Window Studios)
Tristan Moore (Creative Director Broken Window Studios )
Laurie Annis (2D and 3D Artist TIMEFIRE)
Gregory McDonald (Senior 3D Artist 2XL Games, Inc. and contract Artist at Rainbow Studios )
Arthur Griffith (CEO of Desert Owl Games)

Visit The Facebook event page

Announcements

AZ Developer Directory
The Game CoLab has started a full list of Arizona’s game developers. Check it out to see what’s happening in the Phoenix area and beyond. If you know anyone that should be on the list please contact Ben Reichert (ben@gamecolab.org) to add them.

Arizona Women in Games International
Women in Games International now has an Arizona chapter. Check out their official Facebook page for information on their upcoming events and meet ups.

Want to make an announcement?
Email the details to chair@igdaphx.org.  Please keep announcements related to the local game development community.  If you’d like to give your announcement at the meeting, please include a picture and a small amount of text for a powerpoint slide.  You’re welcome to give your announcement at the meeting yourself as long as it takes less than 3 minutes.

Location and Parking

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The presentation will be located in classroom 110 in the Brickyard Artisan Court building at ASU. The entrance is located at the fountains right next to Ike’s Place on Mill. After the presentation we’ll be heading upstairs to Endgame for food, drinks, and hanging out!

endgamemap

There are several parking lots near the Brickyard at ASU that cost $2.00 an hour. There are also some ASU lots that no longer require permits starting at 7:00pm. Here is a map of the ASU lots. According to their website, Lot 3, 55, 58, 59, and 59E don’t require a permit after 7:00pm.

Most of the metered parking spots not directly on Mill Avenue are free after 6:00pm. Be sure to double check! Here is a map of Mill Avenue parking with highlighted sections of free parking after 6:00pm.

The 5th and Farmer lot does not require a parking permit after 6:00pm. Also The City Hall Garage is free when entering after 6:00pm. Yes, the City Hall Garage is FREE if you enter after 6:00pm and there’s no special event happening.

Please double check when parking anywhere to confirm that these details are correct. Also be aware if there happens to be a special event taking place during the night of our meeting some of these free parking spots may actually be charging event fees.

June Meeting: Demo Night!

It’s time for our biannual showcase of local games! Come on by The Grid in Mesa at 7pm, June 29! The Grid is located at 525 S Gilbert Rd, Mesa, AZ 85204.

Visit The Grid’s Facebook event page

Indie Game Demo Night at The Grid

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Come by for some games and booze as we host IGDA at The Grid! (The booze is optional, but the games aren’t.) Check out a wide range of games, from the recently finished to early prototypes, across PC, console, and mobile.

If you have a game you’d like to show off or get feedback on and you did not already RSVP, bring it along anyway! There will be plenty of space.

Hosted at The Grid: Games and Growlers

The GridThe Grid puts the “RAD” in aRcADe. Synthwave, arcade, motorsports, movies, food, and beer. If any of these things interest you, this is the place you will want to be.

Visit The Grid’s Facebook event page

Announcements

AZ Developer Directory
The Game CoLab has started a full list of Arizona’s game developers. Check it out to see what’s happening in the Phoenix area and beyond. If you know anyone that should be on the list please contact Ben Reichert (ben@gamecolab.org) to add them.

Arizona Women in Games International
Women in Games International now has an Arizona chapter. Check out their official Facebook page for information on their upcoming events and meet ups.

Want to make an announcement?
Email the details to chair@igdaphx.org.  Please keep announcements related to the local game development community.  If you’d like to give your announcement at the meeting, please include a picture and a small amount of text for a powerpoint slide.  You’re welcome to give your announcement at the meeting yourself as long as it takes less than 3 minutes.

Location

This event will be located in The Grid located at 525 S Gilbert Rd, Mesa, AZ 85204 starting at 7pm on December 16.

May Meeting & Announcements

Let’s meet up to discuss videos, games, and more! Join us on May 25, 2016 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe beginning at 7:00PM. This month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 110.

The Value of Effective Art

In this talk, we will discuss the role of a commercial artist and how we assess the value of art in a professional setting. We will be covering points like art in a AAA setting vs an indie setting, balancing monetary value while achieving an effective experience with art and how to spot an effective commercial artist when looking to make an addition to your development team.

Aby is a British citizen turned Arizona resident, and co founder of Broken Window Studios. She has worked on professional projects partnered with Sony, and as freelance 3D environment artist before moving on to found an independent studio in 2014. Broken Window Studios is currently developing both Reflections and Grave, which will be available on Steam, Xbox One and PS4.

http://www.brokenwindowstudios.com/

Announcements

AZ Developer Directory
The Game CoLab has started a full list of Arizona’s game developers. Check it out to see what’s happening in the Phoenix area and beyond. If you know anyone that should be on the list please contact Ben Reichert (ben@gamecolab.org) to add them.

Arizona Women in Games International
Women in Games International now has an Arizona chapter. Check out their official Facebook page for information on their upcoming events and meet ups.

Want to make an announcement?
Email the details to chair@igdaphx.org.  Please keep announcements related to the local game development community.  If you’d like to give your announcement at the meeting, please include a picture and a small amount of text for a powerpoint slide.  You’re welcome to give your announcement at the meeting yourself as long as it takes less than 3 minutes.

Location and Parking

byac150

The presentation will be located in classroom 110 in the Brickyard Artisan Court building at ASU. The entrance is located at the fountains right next to Ike’s Place on Mill. After the presentation we’ll be heading upstairs to Endgame for food, drinks, and hanging out!

endgamemap

There are several parking lots near the Brickyard at ASU that cost $2.00 an hour. There are also some ASU lots that no longer require permits starting at 7:00pm. Here is a map of the ASU lots. According to their website, Lot 3, 55, 58, 59, and 59E don’t require a permit after 7:00pm.

Most of the metered parking spots not directly on Mill Avenue are free after 6:00pm. Be sure to double check! Here is a map of Mill Avenue parking with highlighted sections of free parking after 6:00pm.

The 5th and Farmer lot does not require a parking permit after 6:00pm. Also The City Hall Garage is free when entering after 6:00pm. Yes, the City Hall Garage is FREE if you enter after 6:00pm and there’s no special event happening.

Please double check when parking anywhere to confirm that these details are correct. Also be aware if there happens to be a special event taking place during the night of our meeting some of these free parking spots may actually be charging event fees.

April Meeting & Announcements

Join us this month for an alternative format, this time a live design session. Join us on Wednesday April 27, 2016 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe beginning at 7:00PM. This month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 110.

Live Game Design Session

After our topic is introduced, several brave volunteers will have 20 minutes to come up with their solution to our design problem. The rest of us will collaboratively come up with a solution of our own and then we will all present and discuss. If you’ve been wanting more in-depth design discussions this is the meeting to be at.

Announcements

Phoenix Comicon Showcase
Have a game in progress or finished project that you’d like to show at Phoenix Comicon? The Game CoLab has a booth available on the main floor this year, with room for more developers to showcase their work. If interested, contact Ben or Austin.

AZ Developer Directory
The Game CoLab has started a full list of Arizona’s game developers. Check it out to see what’s happening in the Phoenix area and beyond. If you know anyone that should be on the list please contact Ben Reichert (ben@gamecolab.org) to add them.

Arizona Women in Games International
Women in Games International now has an Arizona chapter. Check out their official Facebook page for information on their upcoming events and meet ups.

Want to make an announcement?
Email the details to chair@igdaphx.org.  Please keep announcements related to the local game development community.  If you’d like to give your announcement at the meeting, please include a picture and a small amount of text for a powerpoint slide.  You’re welcome to give your announcement at the meeting yourself as long as it takes less than 3 minutes.

Location and Parking

byac150

The presentation will be located in classroom 110 in the Brickyard Artisan Court building at ASU. The entrance is located at the fountains right next to Ike’s Place on Mill. After the presentation we’ll be heading upstairs to Endgame for food, drinks, and hanging out!

endgamemap

There are several parking lots near the Brickyard at ASU that cost $2.00 an hour. There are also some ASU lots that no longer require permits starting at 7:00pm. Here is a map of the ASU lots. According to their website, Lot 3, 55, 58, 59, and 59E don’t require a permit after 7:00pm.

Most of the metered parking spots not directly on Mill Avenue are free after 6:00pm. Be sure to double check! Here is a map of Mill Avenue parking with highlighted sections of free parking after 6:00pm.

The 5th and Farmer lot does not require a parking permit after 6:00pm. Also The City Hall Garage is free when entering after 6:00pm. Yes, the City Hall Garage is FREE if you enter after 6:00pm and there’s no special event happening.

Please double check when parking anywhere to confirm that these details are correct. Also be aware if there happens to be a special event taking place during the night of our meeting some of these free parking spots may actually be charging event fees.

March Meeting & Announcements

Let’s meet up for deep dives into everyone’s favorite subject. Join us on March 23, 2016 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe beginning at 7:00PM. This month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 110.

Integrating Games Into the Artworld: A Methodology and Case Study Exploring the Work of Jason Rohrer

The game designer Jason Rohrer has self-identified as an artist. By doing so enters his work into a critique process that, according to James Elkins, dates back to the Romantic period in which artists are evaluated by peers on an individualized basis according to the ideals and creative direction they produce in the form of written and verbal artifacts. Arthur Danto calls these artifacts “artistic identification” in his essay, “The Artworld,” written in 1964. The study applies this critique method to Rohrerís work in the game medium and asks how it fares when subjected to what Howard Becker calls, “a continuous process of selection” through critique. It asks, finally, how can knowing this methodology help to elucidate the path for the eventual full-fledged integration of games into the Artworld.

theresa

Theresa Devine is an Assistant Professor in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. Theresa received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking at Texas A & M University- Corpus Christi in 1991 and her MFA in Painting at University of Houston in 1994. In her personal artwork she explores games, toys and play. Her work as lead of the Studio 4 Gaming Innovation research lab on the West campus focuses on developing table top and digital games which combine entertainment and conceptual depth. The Studio 4 also researches games to redefine and explore what they can be and how they can be used to initiate transformation in our society.

http://studio4gaminginnovation.com/

http://theresadevine.com/

Announcements

AZ Developer Directory
The Game CoLab has started a full list of Arizona’s game developers. Check it out to see what’s happening in the Phoenix area and beyond. If you know anyone that should be on the list please contact Ben Reichert (ben@gamecolab.org) to add them.

Arizona Women in Games International
Women in Games International now has an Arizona chapter. Check out their official Facebook page for information on their upcoming events and meet ups.

Want to make an announcement?
Email the details to chair@igdaphx.org.  Please keep announcements related to the local game development community.  If you’d like to give your announcement at the meeting, please include a picture and a small amount of text for a powerpoint slide.  You’re welcome to give your announcement at the meeting yourself as long as it takes less than 3 minutes.

Location and Parking

byac150

The presentation will be located in classroom 110 in the Brickyard Artisan Court building at ASU. The entrance is located at the fountains right next to Ike’s Place on Mill. After the presentation we’ll be heading upstairs to Endgame for food, drinks, and hanging out!

endgamemap

There are several parking lots near the Brickyard at ASU that cost $2.00 an hour. There are also some ASU lots that no longer require permits starting at 7:00pm. Here is a map of the ASU lots. According to their website, Lot 3, 55, 58, 59, and 59E don’t require a permit after 7:00pm.

Most of the metered parking spots not directly on Mill Avenue are free after 6:00pm. Be sure to double check! Here is a map of Mill Avenue parking with highlighted sections of free parking after 6:00pm.

The 5th and Farmer lot does not require a parking permit after 6:00pm. Also The City Hall Garage is free when entering after 6:00pm. Yes, the City Hall Garage is FREE if you enter after 6:00pm and there’s no special event happening.

Please double check when parking anywhere to confirm that these details are correct. Also be aware if there happens to be a special event taking place during the night of our meeting some of these free parking spots may actually be charging event fees.

February Meeting & Announcements

The time to get together and talk about video games is once again upon us. Join us on February 24, 2016 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe beginning at 7:00PM. This month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 110.

Introduction to Game AI principles

Whether you’re a programmer, designer or artist, understanding core concepts of Game AI is vital to being a successful game developer. Eric will share some basic Game AI concepts (e.g. game AI terminologies, “Sense, Think Act”, etc) meant for the generalists. This presentation will not go into the programming specifics of Game AI.

Eric Tang is a current student studying Computer Science at the Arizona State University. He is the President and Video Game Director of the Video Game Development Club @ ASU and is also the founder and chair of IGDA ASU, an academic chapter of IGDA. He was a recipient of the 2015 IGDA E3 Scholarship this past summer.

Announcements

AZ Developer Directory
The Game CoLab has started a full list of Arizona’s game developers. Check it out to see what’s happening in the Phoenix area and beyond. If you know anyone that should be on the list please contact Ben Reichert (ben@gamecolab.org) to add them.

Arizona Women in Games International
Women in Games International now has an Arizona chapter. Check out their official Facebook page for information on their upcoming events and meet ups.

Want to make an announcement?
Email the details to chair@igdaphx.org.  Please keep announcements related to the local game development community.  If you’d like to give your announcement at the meeting, please include a picture and a small amount of text for a powerpoint slide.  You’re welcome to give your announcement at the meeting yourself as long as it takes less than 3 minutes.

Location and Parking

byac150

The presentation will be located in classroom 110 in the Brickyard Artisan Court building at ASU. The entrance is located at the fountains right next to Ike’s Place on Mill. After the presentation we’ll be heading upstairs to Endgame for food, drinks, and hanging out!

endgamemap

There are several parking lots near the Brickyard at ASU that cost $2.00 an hour. There are also some ASU lots that no longer require permits starting at 7:00pm. Here is a map of the ASU lots. According to their website, Lot 3, 55, 58, 59, and 59E don’t require a permit after 7:00pm.

Most of the metered parking spots not directly on Mill Avenue are free after 6:00pm. Be sure to double check! Here is a map of Mill Avenue parking with highlighted sections of free parking after 6:00pm.

The 5th and Farmer lot does not require a parking permit after 6:00pm. Also The City Hall Garage is free when entering after 6:00pm. Yes, the City Hall Garage is FREE if you enter after 6:00pm and there’s no special event happening.

Please double check when parking anywhere to confirm that these details are correct. Also be aware if there happens to be a special event taking place during the night of our meeting some of these free parking spots may actually be charging event fees.

January 2016 Meeting & Announcements

It’s time once again to get together and talk about video games. Join us in our first meeting of the new year on January 27, 2016 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe. This month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 110.

Unreal-ly?!

Our speaker this month will give a brief introduction to Unreal Engine 4, a high-powered technology that has been used to make exciting games and immersive content for nearly two decades. Listeners will be treated to a whirlwind tour of the next-generation features and stellar editor provided by Unreal Engine 4. He may even show you how to make games with it! No experience necessary.

Presented by Marcus R. Brown.

10426757_10203826035161151_4202056666204237657_nMarcus R. Brown is a software engineer who sometimes masquerades as a game designer. He is the sole member of HEAT VISION, a fledgling games consultancy and indie upstart. He’s currently employed at Big Bang Entertainment in Phoenix, and is looking forward to working on big games at the new Rainbow Studios. Marcus has been shipping games and causing a ruckus for 12 years, with no end in sight!

Announcements

AZ Developer Directory
The Game CoLab has started a full list of Arizona’s game developers. Check it out to see what’s happening in the Phoenix area and beyond. If you know anyone that should be on the list please contact Ben Reichert (ben@gamecolab.org) to add them.

Arizona Women in Games International
Women in Games International now has an Arizona chapter. Check out their official Facebook page for information on their upcoming events and meet ups.

Want to make an announcement?
Email the details to chair@igdaphx.org.  Please keep announcements related to the local game development community.  If you’d like to give your announcement at the meeting, please include a picture and a small amount of text for a powerpoint slide.  You’re welcome to give your announcement at the meeting yourself as long as it takes less than 3 minutes.

Location and Parking

byac150

The presentation will be located in classroom 110 in the Brickyard Artisan Court building at ASU. The entrance is located at the fountains right next to Ike’s Place on Mill. After the presentation we’ll be heading upstairs to Endgame for food, drinks, and hanging out!

endgamemap

There are several parking lots near the Brickyard at ASU that cost $2.00 an hour. There are also some ASU lots that no longer require permits starting at 7:00pm. Here is a map of the ASU lots. According to their website, Lot 3, 55, 58, 59, and 59E don’t require a permit after 7:00pm.

Most of the metered parking spots not directly on Mill Avenue are free after 6:00pm. Be sure to double check! Here is a map of Mill Avenue parking with highlighted sections of free parking after 6:00pm.

The 5th and Farmer lot does not require a parking permit after 6:00pm. Also The City Hall Garage is free when entering after 6:00pm. Yes, the City Hall Garage is FREE if you enter after 6:00pm and there’s no special event happening.

Please double check when parking anywhere to confirm that these details are correct. Also be aware if there happens to be a special event taking place during the night of our meeting some of these free parking spots may actually be charging event fees.

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