Digra and FDG Looking for Volunteers

This year, Abertay University is proud to be hosting the first international joint conference of DiGRA and FDG. These two organisations are renowned in the academic world of games studies and development and their annual conference will be happening right here in Dundee. That means there will be lots of interesting international speakers, cool games related events and a great deal of networking happening from Monday 1st August to Friday 5th August.
To help to support the conference and it’s calendar of social events, we are in need of some volunteers to help welcome guests, direct attendees, support technology set-up and help everything really to run super smoothly. If you’d be interested in helping out with this conference, we would need commitment of your time. In return, volunteers will be able to attend the conference and/or the social events/networking on the days they are able to help out, will be provided with food and refreshments throughout, and will have our gratitude and appreciation – volunteers get a free t-shirt ☺

If you’re interested in being involved, more info and the sign-up for volunteering can be found here: http://digra-fdg2016.org/volunteers/

See the full conference and social programme here: http://digra-fdg2016.org/

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IGDA Scotland July Meeting – Save the Date!

Thanks to all who came to our June meeting in Glasgow, we heard some great talks about exhibiting at events from Andrew Dyce and Craig Fairweather (We Throw Switches), Steven Taarland (Insert Imagination) and Tony Gowland (Ant Workshop), chaired by Jon McKellan (No Code). We really appreciate you coming along and sharing your advice with everyone and making it such an informative event.

If you weren’t able to come then you can listen to the talks here.

There is also an excellent write-up of the event by Stephen McCallum on Gamasutra here.

This month we will be heading back to Codebase in Edinburgh on 19th July for another one of our regular monthly meetups. And this month’s theme is Audio! We will be putting together a collection of audio-experts to share with you their experiences and advice. There will also be the usual open-floor for announcements before the talks if you have any news you’d like to share.

If you would like to give a talk or want get in touch with us about anything to do with the event you can do so on info@igdascotland.org.

We will also be giving you another chance to get your hands on some free tickets to RESONATE – Glasgow’s upcoming eSports and gaming festival –  which we will be raffling off on the night.

Tickets for July’s meeting are free and available now!

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Please join us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with any announcements.

First Amazon Appstore Dev Day

The first Amazon Dev Day in Edinburgh takes place on Wednesday the 22nd of June at Codebase. The following blog post was written by the event organisers.

So why should you be part of Amazon Appstore’s first Dev Day in Scotland?

Okay – let’s get the basics out of the way – the event’s free and there will be food and drinks!
On a much more serious note, Amazon Appstore is making good its promise to help support and build dev communities across the UK with their first Dev Day (outside of London), taking place in Edinburgh on 22 June.

So what’s in store?
Registration starts at 9.30am, followed by talks and presentations from guest speakers including: Channel 4’s Games Commissioner, Colin Macdonald, Skyscanner’s Developer Advocate, David Low and STV Player’s Product Manager, Will Jones plus Amazon Appstore’s Mobile experts. There’ll be lots of opportunities for networking, checking out devices, putting your gaming skills to the test and then, to wrap up the day, there’ll be a couple of beers (on Amazon!) at a local bar.

The Amazon Appstore Dev Days – designed for Devs and Tech Decision Makers (or those simply curious about this world and hungry to find out more) have a strong technical content but also cover business issues. The aim is to help people build not just successful apps but also successful businesses.

So why should you be part of it? Simply put you can learn, meet the Amazon Appstore team and build your network whilst having fun!

Get involved. Further info and registration http://bit.ly/AppstoreDevDayEDI 

Shahid Ahmad Talk – Recap

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On the 24th May we were delighted to welcome Shahid Ahmad to Dundee, where he gave an inspirational talk about his phenomenal career in games and shared his advice for both established and aspiring game developers.

Shahid gave a heartfelt talk about his years in the industry, explaining how his fascination with early game consoles inspired him to learn programming at a young age in order to make his own games. Shahid talks about the love he had for programming at this time, and how it enabled him to maintain a degree of control in amidst childhood situations which were ultimately uncontrollable. After establishing himself as a talented game developer Shahid eventually moved to Playstation, where he worked as a Developer Relations Manager, spending many successful years meeting with developers and securing games for the platform. The talk was filled with anecdotal examples of Shahid’s own experience, which danced between both the comical and the heart-wrenching. Using standout moments from his career, Shahid shared his practical advice in regards to success, reputation and pitching, from the point of view of someone who has lived, learned and evolved during their career.

Shahid spoke candidly about his own ‘mistakes’ during his career and shared the wisdom that followed. For instance, the necessity to be nice and respectful when talking with peers and clients, to be able to deliver on the promises you make, and to allow yourself to evolve with the ever changing circumstances of life in order to be the best you can be.

We want to thank Shahid for sharing with us his invaluable experience and providing us with a wonderfully entertaining talk. We’d also like to thank our partners for this event; Abertay University and Henderson Loggie.

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IGDA Scotland June Meeting – Save the Date!

We will be returning to Glasgow on the 22nd June for one of our regular monthly meetups. Join us at Megabytes for the usual talks and announcements, then stick around afterwards for a drink and natter with everyone.

Our theme this month is Exhibiting and we would like to get a good mix of people together to discuss their tips and experiences covering all manner of showcasing at events. This could be from small indie games, right the way through to big-budget AAA projects. And if you are one of the people reading this thinking “hey, I’m going to be doing a bunch of that at E3!” then we would love you to come along and share your experience. Just get in touch with us at info@igdascotland.org.

We also have a special giveaway this month. Our lovely friends at RESONATE – Glasgow’s upcoming eSports and gaming festival –  have given us some free tickets, which we will be raffling off on the night.

Tickets for the meetup to be released very soon! In the meantime you can follow any updates on Twitter or join us on Facebook.

Mini Game Jam 2016 – call for volunteers & speakers

The Mini Game Jam returns again after being a great success in previous years and it’s even bigger this year! The Mini Game Jam is a series of game jam events aimed at kids, shortened to fit into one school day. Primary school children (in P6 and P7) come together at their local secondary school and are put together in teams to create a game using Scratch throughout the day. Just like at any game jam, they are given a theme at the start of the day around which all game projects will be based. This is a great opportunity for children to work together and learn about the craft of making games, highlighting the varied and rewarding career opportunities in this medium.

What started off 4 years ago as an event involving 50 children across 2 schools has now grown to welcome 500 children across 30 schools! It’s fantastic to see the event grow so much year on year. This year the event will run from the 25th of April through until the 2nd of June.

The dates are as follows:

  • 25th April Hillpark Secondary
  • 26th April St Pauls Secondary
  • 27th Shawlands Academy
  • 28th April Whitehill Secondary
  • 3rd May Hyndland Secondary
  • 4th May Rosshall Academy
  • 9th May St Thomas Aquinas Secondary
  • 10th May Holyrood Secondary
  • 18th May Smithycroft Secondary
  • 2nd June Hillhead Secondary

The Mini Game Jam is looking for volunteers to help out at the events. You can find out more information and sign up here if you’re interested and available to help.
The event is also looking for speakers – if you’re free to do a quick 15-20 min talk at 2pm on any of the dates above, please contact Amanda Wilson.

March 2016 Glasgow Meetup Recap

The first meetup in our calendar of monthly events for 2016 was held at MEGAbytes cafe in Glasgow on the 30th March.

We kicked things off in a relaxed style with our usual “Announcements” open mic session, where anyone attending can get up and plug their current project, event or interest. And what a response we had, with a whopping nine things talked about! In case you missed them (or if you were unable to attend) they were:

Wow, what a productive community we’ve got. With all those announcements, was there even time to fit in the meetup’s Post-GDC roundup panel? Well of course there was!

The panel was Caitlin Goodale, Andrew Reid, Jon McKellan, and David Farrell discussing their various experiences of GDC from the perspectives of academics, students, and developers. They talked about what they had hoped to get out of the conference, what they actually spent their time doing, how to organise meetings with publishers, networking (and which parties to avoid!) and finally how they paid for their trips and how you the avid audience-member might receive some funding towards attending GDC yourself next year.

We hope to have a recording of the panel available soon.

The evening was rounded off with socialising until venue close.

We’d once again like to thank our panellists, MEGAbytes for hosting us, and our ever-useful volunteers.

The next meetup will be at Codebase in Edinburgh on Tuesday 19th of April, see you there!