TVGS Mentorship Groups – Call For Feedback

Are you an aspiring game maker in the Capital Region looking to develop and refine your skills?

Are you a practicing game developer (professional/indie/hobbyist) interested in meeting up with local peers that share your interests?

Do you run a game studio in the Capital Region that would benefit from connecting with a local community of game makers? Are there particular skill gaps within the talent pool that you encounter when trying to recruit local candidates?

If you answered “yes” or even “maybe” to any of the above, we want your feedback! TVGS is looking to expand our educational offerings with a new series of mentorship groups designed to provide accessible opportunities for support, skill development, and community building among local game makers. If you have suggestions for what mentorship group topics you’d like to see, please share your ideas with us via this feedback form.

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.

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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!

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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

The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (January 27, 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!

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