TVGS Transmissions: Dev’s Play Rockabilly Beatdown (March 31st)

Welcome to TVGS Transmissions, this is our weekly livestream event where we’ll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels. Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded.

This week is Dev’s Play, where we’ll be playing through a locally-made game with the developer! This session we’re featuring Rockabilly Beatdown made by Jason Harlow of Rumblecade.

ROCKABILLY BEATDOWN is an “Endless Puncher” action arcade game for iOS and Android. Choose your hero and punch your way through a streaming horde of hellish denizens for as long as you can last!

About the Dev:

As a Senior and Lead Artist across dozens of titles, Jason plies his artistic and technical skills across multiple industry disciplines. From the single pixel level to complex models and rigs, any encountered complexity is just a new opportunity to learn. World-traveled, teacher, and ardent troubleshooter, Jason wholeheartedly embraces all that games and art have to offer.

RSVP at the links below!

rsvp-facebook rsvp-meetup

Meet the TVGS Board of Directors!

As announced at our last meeting, our next weekly gathering will be a special reception to welcome the new TVGS Board of Directors and give the community a chance to meet them, ask questions and discuss the past, present and future of TVGS.

The Board of Directors will consist of many familiar faces, and a few new ones as well. We hope you’ll attend, and help provide a warm welcome for all of them. This meeting will also serve as an opportunity to express our gratitude to everyone that has generously contributed their time and effort to help TVGS continue to grow and thrive.

In addition to the meet and greet, we will also be playing some games and having our usual social fun times. As promised, we will also be giving everyone a second chance to pitch ideas for the NY State Game Dev Challenge, which begins next Monday and runs through most of April. Hope to see you there!

RSVP via the links below:

rsvp-facebook rsvp-meetup

The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (March 31st, 5:00pm – 9:00pm)

Our monthly Troy Night Out with The Arts Center continues with an exhibition of locally created games. Macs and PCs will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The showcase is free and open to everyone, and we welcome you to show off games that are in any state of completion. So bring along your project for some playtesting and feedback, or just stop by and join in the fun!

RSVP at the links below!

rsvp-facebookrsvp-meetup

Orbit: Digital Storytelling (March 26, 2:00 pm)

 

First time attending this event?  Please sign-up in our short form over here: goo.gl/JwpJzx if you haven’t already done so.

Why come to this Orbit group?

Ever wanted to make a story driven game, or try another way to write a story? Then this is the group for you!

The Digital Storytelling Orbit group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday each month at Tech Valley Game Space. We’re here to provide opportunities for participants to learn how to create story based games, get feedback on their projects, and have fun!

About Orbit

Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before!

The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

RSVP at the links below!

rsvp-facebook rsvp-meetup

Orbit: Construct 2 (March 27th, 6:30pm)

First time attending this event? Please sign-up using our short form at goo.gl/JwpJzx if you haven’t already done so.

If you’re interested in learning to make your own digital games using a simple and intuitive creative tool that doesn’t require any prior experience with computer programming, this is the group for you!

The Construct 2 group meets every Monday evening at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide a place to get feedback and advice on your game project. Join us and learn about how to create 2D games using Construct 2, one of the best tools available for first time game creators.

After learning the basics, you’ll apply your knowledge by working on your own game project alongside peers, with ongoing support from experienced mentors. Participants of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun!

About Orbit

Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit http://www.techvalleygamespace.com/orbit/

RSVP at the links below!

rsvp-facebook rsvp-meetup

Orbit: Virtual Reality (March 25th, 2pm)

First time attending this event? Please sign-up using our short form at goo.gl/JwpJzx if you haven’t already done so.

If you’re interested in VR, this is the group for you!

The Orbit VR group will meet every other Saturday at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide a place to share and get feedback on your VR experience and ask for advice. Occasional tutorials on VR subjects may be provided as well, based on group feedback.

About Orbit

Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit http://www.techvalleygamespace.com/orbit/

RSVP at the links below!

rsvp-facebook rsvp-meetup

TVGS Community Night (March 22nd, 6:00pm)

Come one, come all to the monthly Community Night!

After listening to community feedback, we are pleased to announce the improved Community Night format:

Community Updates (TVGS members)

  •  A presentation on what’s happening in the local area.
  •  Any recent updates regarding TVGS.

Show and Tell (YOU!)

  • Project updates! (Tell everyone about your current project, what you’ve learned, what’s new, and where you’re going!)
  • Time dedicated to serving the community at large! (Do you want to present a game idea for feedback? Need people to help out on it? Need some brainstorming to help flesh it out? Have some concept art to show?)

Update: The Community Room is booked, so we are in the THINQubator for the evening of this event.

 

rsvp-facebook rsvp-meetup

Orbit: Unity Mentorship (March 22nd, 7:00pm)

First time attending this event?  Please sign-up in our short form over here: goo.gl/JwpJzx

Ever wanted to make a 3D game cheaply on a low-to-medium end computer? Or a 2D game that utilizes the tools more commonly used in 3D engines, such as rigging? Unity may be just the game engine for you! Our TVGS Unity Orbit mentorship group can help provide you answers and resources to any questions you may have on this popular and free software.

The Unity Orbit group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.

About Orbit

Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before!

The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

RSVP at the links below!

rsvp-facebook rsvp-meetup

TVGS Transmissions: Portal 2 Co-op Finale! (March 24th, 8:30pm)

Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we’ll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded.

This week is finishing up the Portal Game Club Cliffnotes with the second half of the Portal 2 Co-op! You can see part one from last month at our youtube here.

RSVP at the links below!

rsvp-facebook rsvp-meetup

Lesson Night: Can Games Really Solve Real-World Problems? (March 15th, 6:30pm)

People often talk about how games cause tons of problems — such as violence, obesity, addiction, aggression, or loneliness — but perhaps we should also talk about how games can solve real-world problems, too. In this talk, Dr. Karen Schrier of Marist College will take you on a tour of problem-solving games–from Foldit to the Beanstalk game. These games use crowdsourcing and collective intelligence techniques to encourage players to participate in real-world problem solving, data analysis, and more. Maybe a game will help us cure cancer or find world peace!

Instructor Bio:

Karen Schrier, now in her sixth year at Marist College, teaches courses in games and interactive media and directs the Games & Emerging Media program. She also directs the Play Innovation Lab, where she works with students to create and research games/media. Dr. Schrier’s scholarship is interdisciplinary, and is focused on the intersection of games with education, ethics, empathy, civic engagement, and citizen science. Prior to Marist College, she spent over a decade producing websites, apps, and games at organizations such as Scholastic, Nickelodeon, BrainPOP, and PBS/Channel 13. She is the editor of the book series, Learning, Education & Games, published by ETC Press (Carnegie Mellon), and co-editor of two books on games and ethics. She has written over 30 publications, including single-authored articles published in journals such as Educational Technology Research & Development and the Journal of Moral Education. Her latest book, Knowledge Games: How Playing Games Can Help Solve Problems, Create Insight, and Make Change, was published in 2016 by Johns Hopkins University Press, and has been covered by Forbes, New Scientist, and Times Higher Education, Radio NZ and SiriusXM. She holds a doctorate from Columbia University/Teachers College, master’s degree from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.

rsvp-facebook rsvp-meetup