Game Club: Life is Strange (May 18th, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

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.

Try your best to play some of the game before you arrive, and be prepared for spoilers! We will meet in the boardroom and begin the discussion after 7:30 pm.

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Volunteer Space Cadets

Volunteer Coordination Meeting (January 14, 2017)

Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we’re always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish.

With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. The plan is to hang out together at TVGS, eat some snacks, have a good time and discuss ideas for how we can improve our community.

We’ll also be performing a communal evaluation of how we organize our current volunteer efforts, and gathering feedback about how we can more effectively translate our ideas into action. We’ll take a look at the existing process for tracking tasks via our Trello board (tasks.techvalleygamespace.com), and discuss opportunities for bringing in new members to help fulfill “officer” roles and guide the future direction of TVGS.

We’ve done so many great things together, and there’s no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let’s get organized!

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TVGS Cibele

Game Club: Cibele & Emily is Away (hosted by Abi)

If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club!

This month’s host is Abi, and she has selected a pair of games: Cibele (http://ninasays.so/cibele/) and Emily is Away (http://emilyisaway.com/).

Game Club – Episode 18: Cibele and Emily Is Away
Youtube version | MP3 download | OGG download
Intro and outro music: “Turn On” by Decky Coss

Community Projects Shark Tank

Community, Projects, & Shark Tank 8 (September 28)

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

Updates from the community are encouraged! Volunteer for events at the TVGS and around the area to be a part of making them a reality for everyone. If you want to be in the know, and get involved, then this is the meeting to attend!

If you have a project that you need help with, this is also the time to request any assistance from the community! The TVGS has a goal to help create local games, and there are multiple projects ongoing. Use your skills and help make games!
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Wreck-It Ralph

Movie: Wreck-It Ralph (September 23)

Let’s relax with a movie about video games! The movie won’t start until around 7:30 PM.

Synopsis: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

PG | 1h 41min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 2 November 2012

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Movie: Wreck-It Ralph

Friday, Sep 23, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

1 Space Cadets Attending

Let’s relax with a movie about video games! The movie won’t start until around 7:30 PM.Synopsis: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.PG | 1h 41min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 2 November 2012

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Twine TVGS

Lesson: Digital Storytelling with Twine (September 21)

Abi Johnson will discuss how simple it is to create an interactive story or choose-your-own-adventure game with Twine. No programming knowledge is needed! Twine publishes in HTML, so sharing your work is extremely simple as well.

Bringing a laptop is suggested if possible.

Get Twine for free at http://twinery.org/
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[IGDA Albany] Customer & Constraint Focused Game Design (September 7)

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.

Speaking Topic:

Customer and Constraint Focused Game Design

Ken will talk about defining the constraints on your game, from both a marketing perspective and a technical perspective, before going into design ecologies.

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