Kicking off the New Year right!

Hey there IGDA Phoenix, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you!!

I want to start this message off by wishing you all a belated happy holidays. We missed you guys last month! As many of you noticed (!), there was no monthly meeting for December… We haven’t abandoned you, I promise πŸ™‚ This time of the year gets pretty busy for everyone, ourselves included, and we know many of us take trips to out-of-state these months to see family and friends.

Buuut we wanted to make it up to you all by inviting you all to our (first annual!):

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Holigday Party!
Saturday, January 15th, 2011

12 noon – 3 P.M. at Collins College (Main Campus)

That’s right, it’s time for us to play party hosts! There’ll be plenty of games, both console and table (and feel free to bring your own!), a potluck lunch, and another chance to chat and play with your favorite PHX game devs πŸ™‚

As with the meetings, there’s no IGDA membership requirement to attend. Anyone is welcome to come! We are asking that those who can chip in, help by bringing in a small entry donation to cover building and security fees (suggested $3). Alternatively, you can help by bringing a dish for the potluck lunch! We will have access to a small kitchenette area, including a fridge and microwave, and will help accommodate equipment as needed πŸ™‚ If you are interested in bringing a dish for the potluck, please email myself or Caitlin so we can keep a master list.

You can download a poster HERE! with all the relevant party info. We encourage you guys to print these and put them up in your various schools/workplaces, to inspire others to join our growing group. The more, the merrier!

Moving right along in January, I’ve got another important announcement:

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GLOBAL GAME JAM:
Friday – Sunday, January 28-30th

5 pm on Friday until 5 pm Sunday at University of Advancing Technology (UAT)

A special thanks to Tyler Coleman for registering UAT as an official jam site on the GGJ website.

If you only attend one game jam all year, this is the one. Go. To it.

Game developers from all around the world will be plugging away in their relative time zones to create unique, exciting games based around one global theme. That’s right — there are developers in Singapore and Glasgow competing right beside you! (Well… virtually speaking.) This isn’t to say that it’s a competitive jam only – it’s still just as much about making a game at your pace, and celebrating your own personal growths and successes! But at the same time, GGJ is a chance for us to remember that games really ARE a universal language, and developing them is an art that transcends cultural and language barriers.

It’s an amazing experience, you don’t want to miss this. If you haven’t done it yet, you should go to the Global Game Jam site and register as a jammer at UAT! Believe me, we’re going to keep nagging you about it!

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Speaking of amazing experiences, I wanted to remind you guys that the 2011 Game Developer’s Conference is quickly approaching! It will be happening February 28th – March 4 in the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s a chance to meet and talk to people from all over the world about the amazing shared experience we have as game developers. Networking, people, parties… it’s an incredibly energizing and inspiring time.

…and you should sign up for it soon! Early registration ends on January 24th, and with that so does your chance to save around 30% on the conference ticket. (Also, don’t forget that if you have an official IGDA membership, you can receive an additional $50 off of this and other conference tickets!)

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That’s all for now. Again, Happy 2011, IGDA PHX! Hope your year is going well already! We can’t wait to see you all on the 15th! πŸ™‚

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Your vice-chair,

Corey

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