February Meeting & Announcements

The time to get together and talk about video games is once again upon us. Join us on February 24, 2016 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe beginning at 7:00PM. This month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 110.

Introduction to Game AI principles

Whether you’re a programmer, designer or artist, understanding core concepts of Game AI is vital to being a successful game developer. Eric will share some basic Game AI concepts (e.g. game AI terminologies, “Sense, Think Act”, etc) meant for the generalists. This presentation will not go into the programming specifics of Game AI.

Eric Tang is a current student studying Computer Science at the Arizona State University. He is the President and Video Game Director of the Video Game Development Club @ ASU and is also the founder and chair of IGDA ASU, an academic chapter of IGDA. He was a recipient of the 2015 IGDA E3 Scholarship this past summer.

Announcements

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

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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!

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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.

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