The Late Summer Line-up!

Helloooo phx game devs!

Well, we kicked off August with another great meeting, thanks to all who came and thanks to our speaker, Ara!

So we’ve got some great things coming up… things such as:

PHOENIX GAME JAM: Friday, August 13th – Sunday, August 15th
Starting Friday (Tomorrow!) at 6 PM at University of Advancing Technology (UAT)

Organized by Tyler Coleman, it’s another 48 hour game development challenge! This contest is open to anybody and free of charge!

The jam will start Friday at 6 PM sharp with the announcement of the theme, and will end at 6 PM Sunday with game wrap-up and presentation, judging, and the awarding of prizes (yes, that’s right, real prizes!) Some things to note:

  • The theme for this one is up to you! Vote in this survey to declare your favorites: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SLH6NFF (One vote per person, and you must be competing to vote!)
  • Members of Flashbang and Rainbow studios have graciously agreed to help judge the entries. Judging will be held in three categories: Art & Audio, Design, and Programming.
  • Teams may be pre-formed or you can form one at the jam. Teams may consist of 1 to 3 people, where at least one must be competing locally.
  • Snacks and beverages will be provided.
  • Computers will be available for use. These computers have student versions of Visual Studio, Adobe Master Collection CS4, and various other tools.
  • If you have any other questions, email Tyler (tylcolem@uat.edu)

Even if you don’t want to compete, you can come hang out and work on stuff in a creative, energized environment. I highly recommend it! You’ll get to have fun and learn a lot, and you’ll be around some pretty freaking cool people! 🙂

And don’t forget about our:

SEPTEMBER MEETING: Thursday, September 2nd
7 PM at Boulder’s on Broadway

Get ready to hear the fantastic David Koontz speaking about “How to Think Like a Programmer”!

Quick background on Mr. Koontz:

David has worked in IT since 1997 in a variety of roles from network administrator at an ISP to code monkey at a large corporation to a solo consultant and entrepreneur. David currently works as a game developer at Happy Camper Studios and teaches at the Art Institute of Phoenix in the Visual and Graphics Programming track.  His primary interest is in indie game development although he has created and maintained several non-game projects such as the Monkeybars GUI library and the Rawr packaging tool, both JRuby based.  David has also been active in community development, speaking frequently at local events like the Desert Code Camp and IGDA meetings as well as national events such as South by Southwest (SXSW), Java One, and RubyConf.

Are you convinced this talk is going to be awesome yet? Because it will be. You don’t want to miss it!

Sadly, September’s meeting will probably be our last one at Boulder’s. To those who have attended recently, it’s becoming pretty clear we’re outgrowing the space, and using the upstairs room also creates a number of accessibility problems. We’re still in the final decision process for the new venue, but rest assured we’ll have a place to fit you all in October! So stay tuned! In the meantime, if you have any last minute suggestions for other possible meeting venues, preferably with a bar or restaurant type setting, please let Caitlin (caitlin@igdaphx.org) or I know ASAP!

One last thing to note, we’ve got 3 new committees set up with 3 separate mailing lists: Arcade Cabinet, Student Outreach and Developer Outreach! Introduction e-mails have now been sent out to all three groups, so if you attended last month’s committee meeting, or signed up on this month’s sign-in sheets, look for those emails. If you’d like to be added to any of these lists, e-mail me! (corey@igdaphx.org)

Cheers!

Corey Nolan
IGDA PHX Vice Chair

P.S. For more reminders and details about your favorite local IGDA chapter, connect with us on Facebook and/or Twitter!

Meeting Tonight!

Hey all, just a reminder of our meeting tonight, at 7pm, at Boulders on Broadway, with the fantastic Ara Shirinian. In case you’re unfamiliar with Ara, here’s a little bit about him:

Ara Shirinian is a video game designer, writer, and co-host of Chatterbox Video Game Radio. In his spare time he enjoys displacing massive objects and is on a perpetual quest for extreme hot sauces.

You can find out more about Ara at http://www.shirinian.net and http://chatterboxgameshow.com.

Ara’s a great resource for knowledge about the industry, and I hope to see you all there tonight!

-Caitlin, IGDA Phoenix Chair