April Meeting and Announcements

Can you believe we’re already going to be 33% done with 2014?  It’s time for our April meeting!  In the University of Advancing Technology theatre room on April 23rd starting at 7:00pm.


Video Games, Learning, and Unintended Consequences

How four totally unrelated pervasive industry development practices are destroying the most powerful means available in the medium to engage and retain players.  This talk is going to go into great detail, and will run about an hour long.

Presented by Ara Shirinian

araAra Shirinian is a game designer. His most recent role worth writing home about was Design Lead on Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (3DS).

He also co-hosts Chatterbox Video Game Radio. He is most interested by mechanics and player psychology. You can find out more about him at http://shirinian.net.



Greenlight Jam
The Greenlight Jam is a crazy awesome month long Game Jam, broken into three key Jam Sessions. The point of Greenlight Jam is not to create a throwaway game, but rather to create a full project/substantial prototype, which you then take into full production.  Check out the Facebook Group and Event for more details.

Phoenix’s Pinball and Arcade convention comes to the Renaissance Downtown on April 12th and April 13th.

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.

From Last Month…

A brand new project that aims to archive all of Phoenix’s past game jams, and also organize future game jams.  If you’re interested in helping with this project contact Tyler Coleman (tyler@retoragamestudios.com)