Orbit: Construct (September 25th, 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 want to make your first 2D video game and don’t know programming, this is the group for you!

The Construct 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 or Construct 3, 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/

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Lesson Night: Intermediate Programming (Part 1) (Sept 20th, 6:30PM)

Presenter: Taro Omiya

Come over for a lesson night on programming, using C#! Renowned game jammer Taro Omiya will provide an introduction to object-oriented programming, a modern and innovative way of organizing your own code to create a flexible and powerful framework for your own games. Since this is a very dense topic, the lesson will be split into 2 parts, with the first portion introducing structs, classes, objects, and inheritance.

Requirements:
Participants are expected to have reviewed the programming basics lesson, available under our Learn page with slides from part 1 and part 2 (links below). Furthermore, it’s highly recommended for one to bring in their own computer with Unity installed so they can test and experiment with example code provided by the talk.

Part 1: http://www.techvalleygamespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Programming-Basics-Part-1.pdf
Part 2: http://www.techvalleygamespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Programming-Basics-Part-2.pdf(edited)

 

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Game Club: System Shock 2 (hosted by John) (September 21, 7:00pm)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is John, and his selection will be:

System Shock 2
Genre: First Person Survival Horror
Developer: Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios

System Shock 2, first released in 1999, is the blueprint for countless modern games such as the Bioshock series, Dead Space, and Prey. You are a hacker on board a starship trying to stem the outbreak of a genetic infection that has devastated the ship, slowly learning what has happened and who or what is responsible.

The discussion will take place on September 21st. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. The game is about 16 hours long.

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TVGS Transmissions: Switch Co-op Games! (Sept 22nd, 8PM)

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 we’re doing something a little more casual, and playing some group co-op games on the Nintendo Switch! (Overcooked, Snipperclips, Puyo-Puyo Tetris and possibly more!)

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TVGS Community Night (September 27th, 6:00pm)

Come meet the new coordinators!

Community Updates (TVGS members)

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

Orbit Updates

Each Orbit Group will have a chance to discuss what has been happening with their group, what will be happening and anything else they have to say.

Coordinator Talks 

Each Coordinator will have 5 mins to discuss any plans that they have for October of 2017 and beyond. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Events the Coordinator would like to hold
  • Tasks they wish to accomplish
  • Anything else they need help on.

If you would like to help the coordinator in their goals, please speak to them after the meeting.

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?)

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[Orbit: Unity Mentorship] Q & A (September 28th, 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.

We will have a questions and answers session where mentors can help answer any Unity problems you may have. Remember to bring your own project and questions!

The Unity Orbit group will meet on the 1st 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.

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The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (September 29, 5:00pm)

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!

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

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Orbit: Women in Games (September 17th, 11:00 am)

Please sign-up using our short form at goo.gl/JwpJzx to get the link to participate remotely!

The meeting topic in general is “why don’t women often seem to call themselves ‘gamers,’ and a more general discussion of what the term “gamer” means to us.

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/

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