May Meeting & Announcements

IGDA Phoenix May 2013 Meeting

Our next meeting is happening on May 22nd! It’s going to be held at the Game CoLab (605 E Grant St, Phoenix). The meeting will officially start at 7:30pm this time. The CoLab will be open before that though so feel free to come early and visit.  There is parking available directly in front of the building, as well as along the train tracks.  There is parking on the street to the west of the building as well.  The lot directly across from the Levine Machine is open for the public to use when there isn’t a baseball game happening.  Be sure to RSVP if you’re planning on attending, as this helps us get a good estimate on how many folks are showing up!Tyler Coleman

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Our speaker will be Tyler Coleman, CEO and Creative Director of Retora Game Studios. Join us as Tyler takes us through the process of multitasking, from the start of many ideas at once to the inevitable decline of multitasking.

Uber is offering a $20 off coupon for people attending our meeting at the Game CoLab.  Click here for more details.  Download the Uber app and use the promo code “GameCoLab”

We will also be once again providing pizza for this meeting. First come first serve! There will be a donation box if you want to chip in for the cost of the ‘za. Big thanks to our Super Platinum Pizza Sponsor UAT – The University of Advancing Technology (Aaron Treguboff), and our regular pizza sponsors: Kyle Pulver (KPULV LLC), and Corey Nolan!

Announcements

The Game CoLab (http://gamecolab.org) is now officially open for business. They’re located in the Levine Machine on 7th and Grant near Chase Field. It’s an awesome space and it’s filling up with all sorts of cool people! Be sure to reserve your place in the CoLab soon. There are different price points depending on what your needs are. You can email Ben Reichert (ben@gamecolab.org) or Joseph Darnell (joseph@gamecolab.org) for more details. This is also the location of this month’s IGDA meeting! Come check it out.

Intro to Game Development (http://www.meetup.com/Game-CoLab/events/119426342/) is a workshop being held at the Game CoLab  hosted by David Koontz and Corey Nolan.  If you’re interested in making your own video game and have little to no programming experience, then come learn the ways of Stencyl in this intense four hour workshop.  This will give you a great start on the road of making video games yourself!  The price of admission is $15.00, and it begins at 1pm on June 1st.

The Indiecade (http://www.indiecade.com/) deadline is May 30th (late entries can be submitted until June 30th for an additional fee) so make sure to submit your games (http://www.indiecade.com/submissions/) early!  Indiecade is October 3rd through 6th in Culver City, California.

The Lisa Frank company in Tucson is looking to hire an HTML 5 game developer in the Phoenix area to develop two games for the Lisa Frank website. This would be a contract position for 2 completed games. If you’re interested, contact Kathleen Bober (KBober@lisafrank.com) for details.

Game Camp 2013 (http://gaming.asu.edu/): Hosted by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Game Camp is a unique, hands-on opportunity for middle and high school students to learn intensive video game creation, visualization and production. You will use the latest software, hardware and development tools to create concepts and prototypes for 2-D and 3-D video gaming. Student to instructor ratios are very low in game camp, Professor Kobayashi and one TA for every 10 students makes it a very focused, individual experience. The high school program runs from June 3rd to June 14th from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The middle school program is June 17th to June 28th, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Frolicking Fledgelings (http://frolickingfledgelings.com) is a group of college students from all different backgrounds such as Math, Programming, 2D art, Graphic Design, 3D Modeler, Music. We are all working together to develop a third person RPG using Unity 4. The team is looking for any feedback and critiques during the course of their project, so if you can offer them any advice then comment on the site or contact Chris Hamilton (cohamilt@asu.edu) directly.

The Games For Change Festival (http://www.gamesforchange.org/festival2013/) is June 17th through June 19th in New York City. There’s a 10% discount code for all IGDA members. There is also a game design competition awarding up to $35,000 to developers that submit the winning proposal of a safe sex game prototype. Details here: http://www.gamesforchange.org/2013/04/enter-the-sex-etc-game-design-contest-to-win-35000/ The deadline for submissions is May 17th!

The Future is Games Conference (http://signup.futureisgames.com/) is currently in its planning stages and will be happening in Phoenix later this year. They are currently looking for speakers both in the Phoenix area and from anywhere in the world. If you’re interested or know someone who would be, contact Tyler Coleman (tylerthedesigner@gmail.com) or Ben Reichert (ben@gamecolab.org)

Gamezand (http://gamezand.com/) is a new game development company in the valley and is looking to hire Phoenix based game developers. They are looking for developers with C++ skills specifically with the Marmalade SDK and Cocos2d SDK for mobile development, and strong experience with Adobe Creative Suite products. Experience with iOS, Facebook, and Android extensions is also a big plus. Contact Gamezand (info@gamezand.com) with your resume and the position you’re applying for.

Gamezand (http://gamezand.com/) is also looking for a Graphic Designer or Artist to create concepts and materials for game projects, as well as process graphics for developers, create user interfaces, special effects, basic 2d animations, characters, and more. They are looking for an artist with strong skills, experience with concept art, Adobe software, and also traditional media art experience. Contact Gamezand (info@gamezand.com) with your resume and the position you’re applying for.

The yet to be named “Phoenix Winnitron” (The Phoenitron?) is now operational at the Game CoLab! A Winnitron (http://winnitron.ca/) is an arcade cabinet that hosts independent games from around the world. The Phoenix Winnitron will have a special focus on our local game developers. If you have a completed and playable game that you’d like to submit, please email Kyle Pulver (hi@kpulv.com) for more details. A huge thanks goes out to Jose Rivera who was able to repair our arcade cabinet shell and turn it into a full fledged Winnitron. Also special thanks to Steve Swink who donated a PC to host the games in the cabinet. Stay tuned for more announcements regarding our Winnitron soon!

Did you want to make an announcement? We’ll be sending out one or two more reminder emails as the meeting approaches. If you want your announcement included then please email Corey Nolan (corey@igdaphx.org) or Kyle Pulver (kyle@igdaphx.org) with all the details and we’ll be sure to include it next time. If you’d like to make an announcement at the meeting then email us ahead of time and we will put a slide in for you. Announcements should be no longer than 3 minutes at the start of the meeting.

Lots of things are happening in the Phoenix game dev community lately! We hope to see you at the meeting on May 22nd at the Game CoLab. Remember, there will be free pizza! IGDA Phoenix has been growing a lot lately, and it’s great to see! Every month we get new people showing up who are game developers in the area. Keep spreading the word, everyone!

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