March Meeting & Announcements

Let’s meet up for deep dives into everyone’s favorite subject. Join us on March 23, 2016 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe beginning at 7:00PM. This month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 110.

Integrating Games Into the Artworld: A Methodology and Case Study Exploring the Work of Jason Rohrer

The game designer Jason Rohrer has self-identified as an artist. By doing so enters his work into a critique process that, according to James Elkins, dates back to the Romantic period in which artists are evaluated by peers on an individualized basis according to the ideals and creative direction they produce in the form of written and verbal artifacts. Arthur Danto calls these artifacts “artistic identification” in his essay, “The Artworld,” written in 1964. The study applies this critique method to Rohrerís work in the game medium and asks how it fares when subjected to what Howard Becker calls, “a continuous process of selection” through critique. It asks, finally, how can knowing this methodology help to elucidate the path for the eventual full-fledged integration of games into the Artworld.

theresa

Theresa Devine is an Assistant Professor in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. Theresa received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking at Texas A & M University- Corpus Christi in 1991 and her MFA in Painting at University of Houston in 1994. In her personal artwork she explores games, toys and play. Her work as lead of the Studio 4 Gaming Innovation research lab on the West campus focuses on developing table top and digital games which combine entertainment and conceptual depth. The Studio 4 also researches games to redefine and explore what they can be and how they can be used to initiate transformation in our society.

http://studio4gaminginnovation.com/

http://theresadevine.com/

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!

endgamemap

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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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

byac150

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!

endgamemap

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.

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.

Unreal-ly?!

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!

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

byac150

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!

endgamemap

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.

December 2015 Meeting & Announcements

This month we’ll be mixing things up a bit. Get ready to try out a big ol’ pile of locally developed games at The Grid in Mesa at 7pm, December 16! The Grid is located at 525 S Gilbert Rd, Mesa, AZ 85204.

Visit The Grid’s Facebook event page

Indie Game Demo Night at The Grid

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Come by for some games and booze as we host our first IGDA at The Grid! (The booze is optional, but the games aren’t.) There will be 12 demo stations, each featuring a different local indie developer. Check out a wide range of games, from the recently finished to early prototypes, across PC, console, and mobile.

Hosted at The Grid: Games and Growlers

The GridThe Grid puts the “RAD” in aRcADe. Synthwave, arcade, motorsports, movies, food, and beer. If any of these things interest you, this is the place you will want to be.

Visit The Grid’s Facebook event page

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

This event will be located in The Grid located at 525 S Gilbert Rd, Mesa, AZ 85204 starting at 7pm on December 16.

November 2015 Meeting & Announcements

The season we all live in Phoenix for is finally upon us. Come enjoy a temperate fall evening with us on November 18, 2015 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe. Note that this month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 150.

RSVP TO THE MEETING HERE

The Good, The Bad, And the (Sometimes Very) Ugly

Some Thoughts After 18 Months as a Full Time Indie

It’s very common to only hear about success and not struggles when discussing indie game development. In reality, most people who go into the game industry as an independent experience broad ranges of success and failure. Tristan shares a few key bits of information after the first 18 months of founding Broken Window Studios, what it’s after a successful Kickstarter, and why launching on Steam may not immediately change your life for the better. This is a cautionary tale with a hopefully uplifting purpose, meant to highlight the realities of working in games without a safety net.

Presented by Tristan Moore

Tristan MooreTristan is to co-founder and Creative Director of Broken Window Studios, developer of the Early Access title Reflections and the successfully Kickstarted Grave. Tristan has years of experience working on AAA, AA, and indie titles of various statures, and has worked in a combination of art, design, and production roles.

RSVP TO THE MEETING HERE

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

byac150

The presentation will be located in classroom 150 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!

endgamemap

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.

October 2015 Meeting & Announcements

The sun is hot, the sky is blue, and IGDA Phoenix is comin’ straight at you! It’s all happening October 28th, 2015 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe. Note that this month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 150.

RSVP TO THE MEETING HERE

I Hate Math

A Love Affair With Circles

Maths, the universal language of boring. We will take an applied approach to mathematics and get all your colors, animations, and gameplay down on some new jazz and bring a little to your next big hit.

Presented by Justin Walsh

justinwalshJustin Walsh has over 8 YEARS of professional programming experience specializing in games and interactive media. He has contributed to such game titles as DEADLY CREATURES, DOOD’S BIG ADVENTURE, FORTUNE ONLINE, and MX VS ATV SUPERCROSS. Justin is a purveyor of modern C++, embracing the powerful new features of C++11/14/17. His professional career has given him extensive experience in UI/UX programming and fostered a love for 2d animation and interaction. Justin does not own a yacht.

RSVP TO THE MEETING HERE

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

byac150

The presentation will be located in classroom 150 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!

endgamemap

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.

September 2015 Meeting & Announcements

Summer is almost over in the desert, and what better way to celebrate than a discussion on video games on September 30th, 2015 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe? Note that this month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 150.

RSVP TO THE MEETING HERE

The Delicate Art of Designing Platformers

(or how to make a Super Mario level that doesn’t suck)

With the release of Mario Maker, everyone has the opportunity to create levels for one of the greatest series in the history of video games. This presentation will give you a brief history of the genre, an understanding of what makes 2D Mario levels so good, and a chance to participate in an interactive design session in which we construct a Mario level together.

Presented by Chris Zukowski

chriszChris Zukowski is an independent game designer who has created games for XBOX, mobile, and web. He is currently 9 months into a self-imposed mission to release a game every month. Appropriately, he is now working on a platformer game that stars a zombie king.

RSVP TO THE MEETING HERE

Announcements

Trinity Game Jam
UAT Game Jam from 10/9-10/11 hosted by Live in the Game, LLC, Rogue Robot Studios and Propelled Bird Software. Sponsored by Endgame and judged by them for winners. The Trinity Jam is a new innovational/unconventional jam, created with the express purpose of expanding the audience and increasing participation and appreciation for game jams amongst the local gaming community and general public.

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

byac150

The presentation will be located in classroom 150 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!

endgamemap

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.