Project Night - Shark Tank

Project Night: Space Colonizers & Shark Tank 6 (July 27)

Welcome to the new and improved project night, where we’ll be collaborating on a shared mission: create a game together in one month!

Last month, we held our 5th “shark tank” session, where anyone with a game idea was invited to present a five minute pitch. The pitches were then voted on by attendees, and a team of TVGS volunteers have been working together over the intervening month to develop the concept that received the most votes into a working prototype.

Now that a full month has elapsed, the progress that was made on the winning project (“Space Colonizers”) will be presented. The team will share their results at this meeting, and provide time for feedback and questions.

Based on the strong response to the “shark tank” series, we will be keeping it going as a recurring monthly event. That means participants at this event will again have a chance to pitch a game idea, all for an opportunity to lead a group of TVGS volunteers in a team effort to develop that idea into a functional prototype over the month ahead.

As always, everyone is free to join in. However, we do need to limit the total number of pitches for scheduling purposes. Therefore, if you wish to participate in the event, we ask that you please RSVP in advance using the registration form.

RSVP at our Facebook Event or at Meetup below:

Project Night: Space Colonizers & Shark Tank 6

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

3 Space Cadets Attending

Welcome to the new and improved project night, where we’ll be collaborating on a shared mission: create a game together in one month!Last month, we held our sixth “shark tank” session, where anyone with a game idea was invited to present a five minute pitch. The pitches were then voted on by attendees, and a team of TVGS volunteers have been worki…

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Game Club: Overwatch

Game Club: Overwatch (hosted by Richard) (July 28)

If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club! This month’s game is the Blizzard multiplayer FPS Overwatch, selected by Rich. Be sure to play the game before you arrive. We will meet in the boardroom and start recording the podcast at 7 p.m. and plan to stay for several hours.

As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting.

You can RSVP on Facebook events or on Meetup.com below:

Game Club: Overwatch (hosted by Richard)

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

1 Space Cadets Attending

If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club! This month’s game is the Blizzard multiplayer FPS Overwatch, selected by Rich. Be sure to play the game before you arrive. We will meet in the boardroom and start recording the podcast at 7 p.m. and plan to stay for several hours.As usual, this selection is meant to b…

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The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (July 29)

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!

If you have any questions about the showcase, feel free to send a message to info@techvalleygamespace.com.

For your convenience, we’ve created a reminder at Facebook event and Meetup below:

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out

Friday, Jul 29, 2016, 5:00 PM

The Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River St Troy, NY

4 Space Cadets Attending

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, …

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Lesson Night: Making VR Applications with Unity (July 20, 2016)

“Making VR applications with Unity” is a hands-on workshop on developing VR applications using Unity 5 for Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear, and Google Cardboard. In this introductory lesson, we’ll be making a simple 3D first-person perspective game that will cover the following topics:

  • Importing pre-made assets
  • Creating objects with super-fun physics
  • Using images to add visually-pleasing patterns to your objects
  • Learn what the heck materials are, and how to make your game look realistic
  • How to manipulate the lighting
  • Adding sound effects
  • Get a quick introduction on scripting

If you plan to attend, please RSVP via Facebook or Meetup.

[Prerequisites]

This lesson assumes that the participants already knows how to test their application on their VR setup. It will only cover up to how to build VR application on your computer, before sending it to the VR. Otherwise, no programming knowledge necessary!

[Hardware & Software Requirements]

Please bring in your own laptop capable of running VR applications with Unity version 5.1 or higher installed (latest is 5.3.3). And of course, please bring in your own VR setup as well.

For Google Cardboard users, you will also need the following downloaded:

For Android users, you will need:

For iPhone users, you will need:

  • A Mac with Xcode installed
  • And the Unity iOS export module (part of the Unity installer)

A 3-button USB-mouse (those with the mouse wheel) to go with your laptop is also highly recommended.

Viva July

Social Night: Viva July (July 13)

 

Let’s get together for a fun social night! We’ll talk about games, development, and other topics. The main game will be Viva Pinata!

Got a new project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Want to talk about your current favorite game? Let’s discuss it! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget are welcome!

As usual, please RSVP in the Facebook event or Meetup below:

Social Night: Viva July

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

3 Space Cadets Attending

Let’s get together for a fun social night! We’ll talk about games, development, and other topics. The main game will be Viva Pinata!Got a new project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Want to talk about your current favorite game? Let’s discuss it! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget…

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IGDA Albany Logo

[IGDA Albany] SIRIUS Teamwork: A strategy and a serious game for doing the impossible (July 6, 2016)

As part of the regular schedule, we’ll be re-posting descriptions for the Albany IGDA talks that occur at TVGS on the first Wednesday of every month.

This month’s speaker is Elizabeth McLaren, and their talk is entitled SIRIUS Teamwork: A strategy and a serious game for doing the impossible.

The talk will begin at 7 PM, but feel free to arrive around 6 and stay until 9 if you’d like to mingle before and after.

Talk Details

Four and a half years in development, with tournament-style eliminations, the CYCLES games ultimately came out to be the top performers in IARPA’s SIRIUS program funded by the federal government, and a gold-medal winner at the International Serious Games Awards. A group of subject matter, game development, and research specialists, the CYCLES team learned about cognitive bias, making games, remaking games, and iterating the final products into a verifiably mind-changing hour of play.

About the Speaker

Elizabeth McLaren

Elizabeth McLaren has been a developer with 1st Playable Productions for ten years, as an animator, a lead artist, and a production coordinator, shipping dozens of entertainment games with existing brands, new technology, and applied learning goals. She received a BFA in film and animation from RIT and after the SIRIUS program she received a graduate certificate in Serious Game Design and Research from MSU because this stuff is just so cool.

As usual, please RSVP in the Facebook or Meetup.

Game Club: Minecraft

Game Club: Minecraft (hosted by Dylan) (June 30)

If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club! This month’s game is the blockbuster hit Minecraft, selected by Dylan. Be sure to play the game before you arrive. We will meet in the boardroom and start recording the podcast at 7 p.m. and plan to stay for several hours.

As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting.

You can RSVP on Facebook events or on Meetup.com below:

Game Club: Minecraft (hosted by Dylan)

Thursday, Jun 30, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

5 Space Cadets Attending

If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club! This month’s game is the blockbuster hit Minecraft, selected by Dylan. Be sure to play the game before you arrive. We will meet in the boardroom and start recording the podcast at 7 p.m. and plan to stay for several hours.  As usual, this selection is meant to be play…

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