August Meeting!

Hey everybody!

 

This is just a reminder that we’ll be having our…

 

AUGUST Meeting! Tonight, August 3rd
7 PM at Claim Jumper Restaurant in Tempe!

 

This is the same place as we held our July meeting, and it’s located right next to AZ Mills Mall on East Baseline Road. We’ll be starting promptly at 7, so be sure to get there and grab your seat!

We’ll be presenting our announcements and games in progress before the start of the talk, so if you have anything you’d like us to announce OR a screenshot of a game you’re working on, please send it in to me (corey@igdaphx.org)!

Our featured speaker for this month is Theresa Devine. Theresa’s no stranger to the Phoenix game development scene, in particular she’s known for putting together the awesome Tedx talks at ASU for the past couple years. But here are some things you maybe DIDN’T know…

Theresa Devine is the Chief Executive Artist of Zamtox, LLC. Zamtox is a game company with the vision to initiate a new dawn of creative, critical thinking for the enrichment of all lives through mainstreaming art. The company focuses on developing analog and digital games which combine entertainment and conceptual depth.

Theresa received her MFA in Painting at University of Houston in 1994 and her BFA in Painting and Printmaking with honors at Texas A & M University at Corpus Christi in 1991. In addition to running her game company, Theresa is currently faculty member at Arizona State University where she teaches Computer Science and Interdisciplinary Art in the Mathematical and Natural Science and Humanities, Art and Cultural Sciences Divisions. Previously she was a resident artist at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative and a faculty member at Columbia College Chicago where she taught Programming and Game Design.

Over the past 12 years, Theresa honed her technical skills within the technology departments of small startup and large corporate companies. She has fulfilled the roles of programmer, technical lead, analyst, designer and architect. Prior to working in technology Theresa taught art in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston and Cypress Fairbanks Independent School System. She served on the Cypress-Fairbanks curriculum committee and was a major contributor to re-write the Junior High Art Curriculum.

Theresa was born in Stevenspoint, Wisconsin and spent most of her childhood in Dixon, Illinois. During her high school years, her family relocated to Houston, Texas. For the next 23 years she lived in a variety of cities in Texas before to returning to the Midwest. She currently lives and works in Phoenix, where she enjoys the sun, amazing coffee and the optimism of the game community.

As you can see, she’s all kinds of qualified to give an awesome talk on a subject she is VERY passionate about 🙂 don’t miss out!

Matthew Wegner of Flashbang Studios will also be there, selling some awesome books on a wide variety of subjects- game development, project management, programming, and more- for $5-10 a piece. There are a lot of good reads, so if you’re interested, be sure to bring a little extra money with you!

 

See you tonight!

Corey

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