Community Projects Shark Tank

TVGS Community Night and Shark Tank 11 (February 22nd, 2017)

Welcome to the community, projects, and shark tank event!

If you have a project that you need help with, this is the time to request any assistance from the community! TVGS has a goal to help create local games, and there are multiple projects ongoing.

The night is divided into 3 sections:


Community Announcements / Project Updates and Demonstrations

As part of the “Community” aspect of the Night, we discuss the latest events we have held, the upcoming events we will hold and open the floor for any other events and/or groups to talk about what is going on with them.

In addition, if you have a project going on and/or want to show off your latest work in Unity, Game Maker, etc., this is an excellent time to provide updates and/or demonstrations! For demonstrators, please inform us ahead of time how much time they’d like to spend demonstrating.


Post Mortem

The end of a month of working hard, the winner of Last Shark Tank presents the progress made by their team of volunteers. As a recap from last Shark Tank up to that night, the leader of the Enchanted City game project talks about how the team helped her get closer to her goals.

How did they do? Did they succeed in their goals? Did they fail? What did they learn that they can teach others? Find out tonight.


Shark Tank

And now, for the main event: Do you have a game idea you need a group of people to help out on, over the course of a month? (could be a game proposal you need help setting up, a project that has slowed down in progress, a game nearing completion and just needs testing, or something else entirely)

Here is your chance to do just that.

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: goo.gl/forms/bffPovTE9jG58XLh2

If you intend to pitch, but need help preparing one, fell free to contact Community Night Coordinator, Chris Spahn, and he will be more than happy to set up time to help you out.

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The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (February 24, 5pm – 9pm)

Our monthly Troy Night Out with The Arts Center continues with an exhibition of locally created games. 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!

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Lesson Night: TVGS Mentorship Groups Launch Into Orbit! (February 15, 6-9pm)

You asked for it, and now it has finally arrived! At this meeting, we’ll be introducing Orbit, our new mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at TVGS than ever before.

Orbit is all about bringing local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and providing a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

Curious to learn more? Join us for this meeting! We’ll be fielding all of your questions, gathering feedback, and providing an overview of the initial set of Orbit groups that will be launching later this month.

Do you have a particular topic that you’d like to learn more about, or a desire to meet other local creators that share your interests? Let us know what types of Orbit groups you’d like to see in the future by filling out the feedback and suggestion form located here.

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Game Club: Portal and Portal 2 (hosted by John) (February 16)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club (think book club, but for games) will start on February 16. Our next host is John, and his selection will be:

Portal and Portal 2
Genre: First Person Puzzler
Developer: Valve Software

As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. Portal 1 is about 4 hours, and Portal 2 is about 7 hours long.

RSVP at the links below!

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Here is Johns’s description of the game:

“These First Person Puzzlers throw you into the depths of the Apeture Science Research Facility, forced to run through tests conducted by the diabolical computer GLaDOS who taunts you and shuffles you around as you try to escape.

TVGS Transmissions: Portal 2 Co-Op – Game Club Cliffnotes (February 17)

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 Game Club Cliffnotes, where we’ll be playing through some of the game or games selected for our game club podcast this month. The game we’ll be playing is Portal 2, going through the Co-op half of the game!

RSVP at the links below!

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TVGS Transmissions: Portal 1 – Game Club Cliffnotes! (Feb 10th)

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 Game Club Cliffnotes, where we’ll be playing through some of the game or games selected for our game club podcast this month! The game we’ll be playing is the first of the two Portal games by Valve Software.

RSVP at the links below!

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Social Night: Towerfall! (February 8, 6-9 pm)

Let’s celebrate the moment at the Tech Valley Game Space with a fun-filled social night! We’ll relax and have a good time talking about games, development, and other topics.

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

This month we’re playing Towerfall, a fun multiplayer game where you stick your friends full of arrows!

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[IGDA Albany] Kill the Overseer! Playing the Rebel Slave in Videogames

This month we’re in for a real treat — Empac is hosting Sarah Juliet Lauro where she will be giving demonstrations until 9pm, with her talk begining at 7pm.

We will meet at The RPI Union’s Pub around 6pm to discuss chapter updates and will then make our way to EMPAC for the 7pm presentation. Hope you can make it!

Talk Details

In a video game demo and talk, Sarah Juliet Lauro will discuss how resistance to slavery is represented in video and computer games. Lauro will profile many games that feature this narrative and will demo an art game being developed by students at the University of Southern California called Thralled, which focuses on a runaway slave in Brazil.

During the day leading up to her evening talk, Lauro will demo chapter one of Thralled in Evelyn’s Café on EMPAC’s 5th floor. This chapter features the playable character Isaura, who attempts to flee slavery through the rainforest with her infant in her arms. On her journey, Isaura encounters many obstacles as she is pursued by a ghostly specter. Lauro will then expand on this storyline in her talk Kill the Overseer! Playing the Rebel Slave in Videogames, which will consider race, empathy, and power dynamics between players and characters in game-based digital commemorations of slave revolt.

About the Speaker

Sarah Juliet Lauro is Assistant Professor of Hemispheric Literatures in the Department of English and Writing at the University of Tampa, where she teaches courses on literature and film. Lauro’s areas of expertise are postcolonial literature, especially of the Caribbean, American literature, and cinema. She is author of The Transatlantic Zombie: Slavery, Rebellion, and Living Death (Rutgers University Press, 2015), and many articles, including A Zombie Manifesto: The Non-Human Condition in the Era of Advanced Capitalism (boundary2, Spring 2008). Her second monograph addresses commemorations of slave revolt in various media, including monuments, books, films, and videogames.

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TVGS Transmissions: Game Jam Grabbag (February 3rd)

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 the Game Jam Grabbag, where we’ll be playing games made in Global Game Jam 2017. You can submit games using the google form here, and we’ll play them on this week’s stream!

RSVP at the links below!

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Game Club: A Merry Mini Medley

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club (think book club, but for games) starts now!

This month, since everyone will be busy for the holidays, we had the TVGS members select 3 short games to play!

Little Inferno (http://tomorrowcorporation.com/littleinferno)
Uncle Who Works For Nintendo (https://ztul.itch.io/the-uncle-who-works-for-nintendo)
NiGHTS Into Dreams: Christmas Nights (http://store.steampowered.com/app/219950/)

And an optional bonus: Save the Date (http://paperdino.com/save-the-date/)

Game Club – Episode 21: A Merry Mini Medley
Youtube version | MP3 download | OGG download