Game Club: Life is Strange

Every month, participants pick a game to play, then get together and talk about their experiences! Think of this group as being a traditional book club, but with video games. Our host for this month is Robert Denner, and their selection is all 5 episodes of Life is Strange, developed by Dontnod Entertainment for PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Join Max Caulfield, a photography student whose life gets turned upside down when she returns to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon and discovers that she has the innate ability to rewind time. You’ll take a very emotional journey across five days as all your actions have consequences that make the story all the more personal. So grab some tissues, turn the lights down low and get ready for that cinematic experience that proves without a doubt that, well, life is weird.

Game Club – Episode 26: Life is Strange
Youtube version | MP3 download | OGG download
Audio Editing: Constant Hackney

Intro and Outro Music: Robbie Singley

The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (August 25th)

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.

RSVP at the links below!

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[Orbit: Unity Mentorship] Q & A (August 3rd, 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.

This session will be a simple questions and answers session. VR will be postponed to a later date.

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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Ludum Dare 39 (July 28th, 8:00pm)

The time has come…to make games for the 39th tri-annual online game jam, Ludum Dare!

No experience in making games necessary! This is just a fun challenge for all of us, and often serves as an educational moment to learn how to work with deadlines. We will be going through game idea brainstorming and team building exercises to help you jump start your way to making games!

Join in as you make a game in 72 hours with a team, or if you want to go hard-mode, 48 hours solo! Meet up with other rapid game developers! Eat a lot of junk food! And most important of all, have fun!

RSVP at the links below!

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P.S. For parking, the Uncle Sams parking garage — which is only one block away from our office — is free during weekends and after 6:00 PM on the weekdays. We highly recommend parking there.
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The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (July 28th)

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.

RSVP at the links below!

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[IGDA Albany] Games Criticism for Everyone (August 2nd, 7:00 PM)

IGDA Albany has a professional talk every 1st Wednesday of the month. This month’s IGDA Albany speaker is Stephanie Jennings, and her talk will be about game criticism.

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

Talk Details

What is games criticism? What does it do and what is it for? This talk will explore the purposes of games criticism and its importance for the design, reception, appreciation, and study of video games. For developers, games criticism can illuminate the complexities of (often unexpected) player experiences and of how players make sense of video game designs. Further, the talk will examine different approaches to games criticism—in particular, popular and academic—to ultimately argue that games criticism must be open and available to all.

About the Speaker

Stephanie Jennings is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research focuses on feminist theory, play, horror films and video games, and histories of witch trials. She also occasionally dabbles in pedagogical theory and games-based learning.

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Game Club: RPGMaker Horror Game Collection (hosted by Taro) (July 20th, 7PM)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club (think book club, but for games) will start on July 20th. Our next host is Taro, and his selections are:

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Genre: Survival Horror
Developer: kouri
Length: 2-3 hours
Description: A small girl finds herself in a haunted art gallery where all the creepy art comes alive.

Hello? Hell…o?
Genre: Experimental Horror
Developer: tachi
Length: 0.5-1 hour
Description: Every day, a man enters a one-room apartment, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Yume Nikki
Genre: Surreal Horror
Developer: KIKIYAMA
Length: varies; with guide, 3-4 hours
Description: Unable to, or unwilling to, leave her own apartment, a girl passes time by exploring her own dreams.

The Witch’s House
Genre: Survival Horror
Developer: Fummy
Length: 2-3 hours
Description: Unable to escape from the forest, a small girl enters a haunted house in search for a solution.


As usual, these selections are meant to be played before the time of the meeting. RSVP at the links below!

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