[IGDA Albany] Songs of Solitude: Telling More Story with Less (February 14th, 7:00 PM)

IGDA Albany usually has a professional talk every 1st Wednesday of the month. This month’s IGDA Albany speaker is C.J. Kershner, and he will provide the talk, “Songs of Solitude: Telling More Story with Less.” The presentation will look into creative methods of storytelling utilized in games without using speech or written dialog.

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

How do you tell a story without words? How do you create a world rich with history without reams of lore? Is it possible to guide players through an emotionally resonant experience if you haven’t even taught them the mechanics? Every so often a game comes along that captures the hearts and imaginations of players, yet uses few – if any – of the traditional elements associated with narrative in video games, or uses them in unexpected ways. This talk studies several minimalist games, attempts to identify common elements, explore the psychological reasons they affect players, and offer suggestions on if, and how, they might be used in our own work.

About the Speaker

C.J. Kershner is the head of Polyhedron Productions, an independent studio and narrative consultancy. By the time you read this, he will have (hopefully) finished work on a point-and-click game produced and set in the Middle East. Previously, he wrote about stabbing people in Victorian London (for which he received a WGA Award nomination), encouraged players to shoot endangered animals in the Himalayas for a fashion show, and attempted to justify a full-scale North Korean invasion of the United States. He likes adventure, arts and crafts, and alcohol. He hates social media.

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Global Game Jam at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (January 26-29, 2018)

This meetup is merely a reminder. Please RSVP in the Eventbrite link below (admission cost $10):

Albany Global Game Jam 2018

Hosted by Albany International Game Developers Association (Albany IGDA), we’ll be joining the largest game jam in the world, the Global Game Jam!

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 48 hours with a team! Meet up with other rapid game developers! Eat a lot of junk food! And most important of all, have fun!

For more details, as well as to RSVP, check out the Eventbrite page below:

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IGDA Albany – Inclusive Game Space (December 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. This month’s speaker is Amanda Stevens.

What does an Inclusive Game Space look like?

With all the talk of Safe Spaces these days, what does an actual inclusive game space look like? Join Amanda Stevens as she breaks down what a safe space is supposed to be and why inclusivity in game spaces matter.

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IGDA Albany – Not a Clone Postmortem (November 2)

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. This month’s speaker is our own Taro Omiya, and his talk is going to be about:

Not a Clone Postmortem: The Meta-Sequel!

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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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[IGDA Albany] Make Your Own Way: The Rise Of Indie Content Developers (May 4, 2016)

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.

This month’s speaker is Jon Jones, and their talk is entitled Make Your Own Way: The Rise Of Indie Content Developers.

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

Talk Details

With development tools and game engines becoming cheaper and freer and the rise of engine-specific content marketplaces, an entirely new type of career is emerging: a self-sustaining, independent content developer that creates standalone products for sale to developers across the world for use in their projects. Whether it’s art, audio, code, scripting, or some combination thereof, Jon shares his tips, tricks, and insights as the Content Curator of the Unreal Engine Marketplace to help you know how to decide what to create, what product design means in this context, various techniques for marketing your products, how to be a developer’s developer, and tips on how you can turn this into a self-sustaining career.

About the Speaker

Jon Jones

Jon Jones is a veteran Art Outsourcing Manager and Art Producer in the video game industry with 40+ titles under his belt. He is currently based in New York City running smArtist, providing contract art outsourcing and production services to the game industry. Jon also runs a blog (www.jonjones.com) where he publishes career advice for aspiring artists and game developers, and is a regular guest on the CrunchCast, a game art-focused podcast focusing on career development. Jon’s clients and employers include Epic Games, 2K Games, Sony Online Entertainment, Riot Games, Avalanche Studios, NCsoft, Playdom, The Workshop, and many others.

We look forward to seeing you this Wednesday!

You can RSVP at our Facebook event, or on Meetup below:

Make Your Own Way: The Rise Of Indie Content Developers

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

6 Space Cadets Went

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.This month’s speaker is Jon Jones, and their talk is entitled Make Your Own Way: The Rise Of Indie Content Developers.The talk will begin at 7 PM, but feel free to arrive around 6 and stay until 9 if…

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[IGDA Albany] Local Arcade Showcase (April 6, 2016)

As part of the regular schedule, we’ll be re-posting descriptions for the IGDA Albany talks that occur at TVGS on the first Wednesday of every month.

For the next IGDA Albany chapter meeting, we’ll be trying out something different: IGDA Albany and Tech Valley Game Space are teaming up to host a showcase of locally created games during All Over Albany’s 8th birthday party. All local game creators are invited to bring along a laptop or other hardware and demo projects in any state of completion.

This is a great opportunity to help build awareness for your game, and showcase it in front of a group of local journalists, bloggers and other media folks. It’s going to be a fun night, and even if you’re not showing off a game project you are still encouraged to join in the festivities. Everyone is welcome to stop by, play some games and eat some cupcakes.

If you would like to demo a game at the meeting as part of the local arcade showcase, please sign up via the registration form. Please direct all questions about the event to jamey@jameystevenson.com.

We look forward to seeing you this Wednesday!

You can RSVP at our Facebook event, or on Meetup below:

Local Arcade Showcase

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

3 Space Cadets Attending

As part of the regular schedule, we’ll be re-posting descriptions for the IGDA Albany talks that occur at TVGS on the first Wednesday of every month.For the next IGDA Albany chapter meeting, we’ll be trying out something different: IGDA Albany and Tech Valley Game Space are teaming up to host a showcase of locally created games during All Over Alb…

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