Orbit XR (September 21st, 1:00pm)

Learn about XR! The VR, AR, and MR Orbit group will meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.

This meeting will introduce TVGS’s new hardware, including XR development machines and both Vive and Rift headsets. We’ll also check out a range of VR applications that allow you to create art assets you can use in your own games.

Note: No equipment required, but a laptop may be helpful for most meetings.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at forms.gle/f5CgLnsbbTG38YL4A if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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About Orbit

Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit

Orbit XR (August 17th, 1:00pm)

Learn about XR! The VR, AR, and MR Orbit group will meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.

This meeting will introduce TVGS’s new hardware, including XR development machines and both Vive and Rift headsets. We’ll also check out a range of VR applications that allow you to create art assets you can use in your own games.

Note: No equipment required, but a laptop may be helpful for most meetings.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at forms.gle/f5CgLnsbbTG38YL4A if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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About Orbit

Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit

Orbit XR (July 20th, 1:00pm)

Learn about XR! The VR, AR, and MR Orbit group will meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.

This meeting will introduce TVGS’s new hardware, including XR development machines and both Vive and Rift headsets. We’ll also check out a range of VR applications that allow you to create art assets you can use in your own games.

Note: No equipment required, but a laptop may be helpful for most meetings.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at forms.gle/f5CgLnsbbTG38YL4A if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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About Orbit

Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit

Orbit XR (June 15th, 1:00pm)


Learn about XR! The VR, AR, and MR Orbit group will meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.

This meeting will introduce TVGS’s new hardware, including XR development machines and both Vive and Rift headsets. We’ll also check out a range of VR applications that allow you to create art assets you can use in your own games.

Note: No equipment required, but a laptop may be helpful for most meetings.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at forms.gle/f5CgLnsbbTG38YL4A if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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About Orbit

Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit

Orbit XR (May 18th, 1:00pm)


Learn about XR! The VR, AR, and MR Orbit group will meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.

This meeting will introduce TVGS’s new hardware, including XR development machines and both Vive and Rift headsets. We’ll also check out a range of VR applications that allow you to create art assets you can use in your own games.

Note: No equipment required, but a laptop may be helpful for most meetings.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at forms.gle/f5CgLnsbbTG38YL4A if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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About Orbit

Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit

Orbit VR & AR (April 27th, 1:00pm)


Learn about VR! The VR & AR Orbit group will meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.

This meeting will introduce TVGS’s new hardware, including XR development machines and both Vive and Rift headsets. We’ll also check out a range of VR applications that allow you to create art assets you can use in your own games.

Note: No equipment required, but a laptop may be helpful for most meetings.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at forms.gle/f5CgLnsbbTG38YL4A if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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About Orbit

Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit

Orbit VR & AR (March 16th, 1:00pm)


Learn about VR! The VR & AR Orbit group will meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.

This meeting will introduce TVGS’s new hardware, including XR development machines and both Vive and Rift headsets. We’ll also check out a range of VR applications that allow you to create art assets you can use in your own games.

Note: No equipment required, but a laptop may be helpful for most meetings.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at http://goo.gl/JwpJzx if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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About Orbit

Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit http://tvgs-wordpress.azurewebsites.net/orbit/

Orbit VR & AR (February 16th, 1:00pm)


Learn about VR! The VR & AR Orbit group will meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.

This meeting will introduce TVGS’s new hardware, including XR development machines and both Vive and Rift headsets. We’ll also check out a range of VR applications that allow you to create art assets you can use in your own games.

Note: No equipment required, but a laptop may be helpful for most meetings.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at http://goo.gl/JwpJzx if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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About Orbit

Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit http://tvgs-wordpress.azurewebsites.net/orbit/

[IGDA Albany] Game Design and VR: Designing for a New Medium (April 5th, 7:00 PM)

IGDA Albany usually has a professional talk every 1st Wednesday of the month. This month’s IGDA Albany speaker is Chris Caulfield, and he will provide the talk, “Game Design and VR: Designing for a New Medium.” The presentation will provide a list of unique game design challenges VR brings to the table.

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

In this talk, Chris will discuss game design in the exciting medium of VR. The main focus of the talk will be on the unique constraints of designing games for VR compared to designing non-VR games, as well as how to design within these limitations. He will also describe design issues he has noticed in popular VR games and explain why you should avoid them.

About the Speaker

Chris Caulfield is a lifelong gamer with a love of analyzing what makes good games good and is a passionate programmer. He is combining these talents for his first venture into professional game development as a co-founder of Catapult Games, a VR game development company. Chris is the lead designer and game director for Catapult Games’ first title, Don’t Look Down, a VR climbing game inspired by classic platformers like Super Mario Bros.

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[IGDA Albany] Immersion: Fiction, History, Virtual Reality (January 3rd, 7:00 PM)

IGDA Albany usually has a professional talk every 1st Wednesday of the month. This month’s IGDA Albany speaker is Dr. Klil H. Neori, and he will provide the talk, “Immersion: Fiction, History, Virtual Reality.” The presentation will look into the history of virtual reality, and what we can expect in the future.

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

In the digital realm, the game designer has (mostly) full control over the range of actions that players can take. However, games that take place in physical reality, such as escape rooms, can’t choose to limit player actions by just not programming them in. How can a designer design their environments to guide players towards desired actions, and away from detrimental ones, without coming across as too condescending? And how can you do so with game challenges actively designed to be non-obvious, such as puzzles? This talk will cover observations and theories from the first six months of running an escape room, and the lessons learned regarding teaching players without using brute-force tutorials or directions.

About the Speaker

Dr. Klil H. Neori, PhD, received his doctorate in Physics from UAlbany, and works as a software engineer at FlyInside Inc., a virtual reality flight simulation startup in Troy, New York.

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