January 2016 Meeting & Announcements

It’s time once again to get together and talk about video games. Join us in our first meeting of the new year on January 27, 2016 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe. This month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 110.


Our speaker this month will give a brief introduction to Unreal Engine 4, a high-powered technology that has been used to make exciting games and immersive content for nearly two decades. Listeners will be treated to a whirlwind tour of the next-generation features and stellar editor provided by Unreal Engine 4. He may even show you how to make games with it! No experience necessary.

Presented by Marcus R. Brown.

10426757_10203826035161151_4202056666204237657_nMarcus R. Brown is a software engineer who sometimes masquerades as a game designer. He is the sole member of HEAT VISION, a fledgling games consultancy and indie upstart. He’s currently employed at Big Bang Entertainment in Phoenix, and is looking forward to working on big games at the new Rainbow Studios. Marcus has been shipping games and causing a ruckus for 12 years, with no end in sight!


AZ Developer Directory
The Game CoLab has started a full list of Arizona’s game developers. Check it out to see what’s happening in the Phoenix area and beyond. If you know anyone that should be on the list please contact Ben Reichert (ben@gamecolab.org) to add them.

Arizona Women in Games International
Women in Games International now has an Arizona chapter. Check out their official Facebook page for information on their upcoming events and meet ups.

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.

Location and Parking


The presentation will be located in classroom 110 in the Brickyard Artisan Court building at ASU. The entrance is located at the fountains right next to Ike’s Place on Mill. After the presentation we’ll be heading upstairs to Endgame for food, drinks, and hanging out!


There are several parking lots near the Brickyard at ASU that cost $2.00 an hour. There are also some ASU lots that no longer require permits starting at 7:00pm. Here is a map of the ASU lots. According to their website, Lot 3, 55, 58, 59, and 59E don’t require a permit after 7:00pm.

Most of the metered parking spots not directly on Mill Avenue are free after 6:00pm. Be sure to double check! Here is a map of Mill Avenue parking with highlighted sections of free parking after 6:00pm.

The 5th and Farmer lot does not require a parking permit after 6:00pm. Also The City Hall Garage is free when entering after 6:00pm. Yes, the City Hall Garage is FREE if you enter after 6:00pm and there’s no special event happening.

Please double check when parking anywhere to confirm that these details are correct. Also be aware if there happens to be a special event taking place during the night of our meeting some of these free parking spots may actually be charging event fees.