Application for Lift Off: Diversity Incubator for 2019 is now open! The incubator is a free, inclusive, six-week program for people of color to make their first game; no coding or other game development experience needed! This diversity-focused workshop series invites selected applicants of varied backgrounds and interests to create their own game. Participants will…Continue reading Application for Lift Off 2019 Now Open!
Reference materials: Closing Ceremony forum (Youtube) This is it! On the final day of Lift Off, the group started with a Q & A on what comes next after the program. The panelists focused on various perspectives of game making, from Rebekah Arcovitch and Quinn Miller tackling the topic of professional studios, Dane Jennings and…Continue reading Lift Off 2018: Closing Ceremony
Reference materials: Diversity and Representation in Games (Youtube) Lift Off Closing Ceremony Preparations Handout (PDF) This week, E-sports journalist Amanda Stevens conducted a workshop on how to better improve diversity and representation in your own game. Using two examples, she ran through an exercise with the attendees to come up with characters whose backgrounds and…Continue reading Lift Off 2018: Diversity and Representation
Reference materials: Software Quality Assurance (Youtube) This week, education coordinator Frederika Edgington-Giordano provided a broad overview of what a quality assurance does, and why they are important for the development process. Using her own experience, she provides how professionals approach the software, and what she hopes developers do with the feedback her team gives. As…Continue reading Lift Off 2018: Software Quality Assurance
Reference materials: Workplace Discrimination and Abuse: Ways to Cope and Prevent (Youtube) This week, multi-talented Muse en Lystrala gave a very frank and honest talk for Lift Off Diversity Incubator attendees on workplace discrimination and abuse. Using examples she herself faced, she informed the audience when to recognize abuse, both online and offline, and what…Continue reading Lift Off 2018: Workplace Discrimination and Abuse: Ways to Cope and Prevent
Reference materials: How to Start a Business Presentation (Youtube) How to Start a Business Slides (PDF) This week, TVGS’ own treasurer, Sarah Lauser provided a talk for the Lift Off Diversity Incubator attendees on how to start a business. She provided the advantages and disadvantages of having one, and how relatively simple it is to…Continue reading Lift Off 2018: How to Start a Business
Reference materials: Project Management Presentation (Youtube) Project Management Slides (PPTX) TVGS’ Lift Off Diversity Incubator continues with a presentation on project management, or the process of splitting up a large project into distinct and measurable tasks. Suzanne Dondero, professional project manager and the presenter for this week’s progress report, described the Agile Development process that…Continue reading Lift Off 2018: Project Management
Reference materials: Keynote video (Youtube) Lift Off Opening Ceremony Slides (PDF) Lift Off Handouts (PDF) Tips on Writing Your First Game Design Document (PDF) The opening ceremony of TVGS’ inaugural Lift Off Diversity Incubator was a huge success! The The keynote was given by game developer and International Game Developer Association’s Albany chapter head director,…Continue reading Lift Off 2018: Opening Ceremony