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IGDA Scotland to support Radio 1’s Academy Gaming Expo

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We’re thrilled to announce that we will be supporting the BBC Radio 1’s Academy Gaming Expo next Friday, 16th May, in the Queen Margaret Union in Glasgow.

The expo will present students with the chance to play some of the latest games and apps, and meet the people who make them. As part of the expo visitors will be able to get one-to-one advice about how to start a career in the interactive industries, find out how to become a games journalist, and discover just what it takes to create the latest games.

Scottish developers 4J Studios and Ruffian Games will be delivering Q&A sessions, which will provide some insight into the games industry and how to become a part of it. If you would like to attend either of these sessions you will need to pick up a ticket, which are available all week for free from the Queen Margaret Union from 12:00pm each day.

The expo starts at 11:00am on 16th May, and is taking place at the Queen Margaret Union, 22 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QN.

The schedule is:
11:00am – Expo opens – No ticket needed
12:00pm – Q&A: 4J Studios, Developers of Console Version of Minecraft – Pick up a free ticket from the QMU
12:30pm – Q&A: Getting into the Games Industry with Ruffian Games – Pick up a free ticket from the QMU
14:30 – How to Become a Games Writer – No ticket needed
15:00 – Expo ends

Priority entrance to the expo will be given to 16-24 year olds.

For more information on the Academy, click here: http://bit.ly/r1academy

You can also search for what people are saying about the Academy on Twitter here: #takeiton

May 2014: Scottish Post-Mortems Are Back!

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Back due to popular demand, learn what went right and wrong during the development of some of your favourite Scottish titles, and gather valuable insights to aid your own projects at our second Scottish Post-Mortems session.

You lot couldn’t get enough of them last year in Dundee, so we’re taking them on tour, starting with Glasgow. Join us at the Admiral Bar on 21st May from 19:30 for a series of short post-mortem sessions from local developers, our traditional open mic, and networking with drinks.

Last year’s meeting completely sold out, so we heartily encourage you to register your spot now early while you still can! It’s early days yet, so we’ll announce the line-up nearer the date, and let you know by email. Save the date!

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If you need a reminder of just how useful reflecting on the development process can be, here are last year’s excellent post-mortems below on the IGDA Scotland YouTube channel, and our recap blog post by Finlay Thewlis. They might even serve as inspiration for your own post-mortem! We will announce this year’s speakers nearer the date.

If you recently finished or launched a project of your own, we’d love to hear your game’s development story; both the ups and the downs. What lessons did you learn, what would you do differently, and what advice would you give your fellow developers? If you’re keen on sharing your triumphs and tribulations, we urge you to contact info@igdascotland.org and arrange to speak.

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February 2014: Global Game Jam Play Parties

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Once again on Wednesday the 12th and 19th of February, the Scottish game community and it’s denizens descended on Glasgow and, for the very first time, Dundee to play some of the great games created at this year’s Global Game Jam at our annual Play Parties. The Global Game Jam, for those who don’t know, is an event held across the world with teams of developers racing to create a game in 48 hours. This year Scotland played host to several venues, including Glasgow, Dundee, and Edinburgh.

This year’s jam was huge, with well over 200 jammers registered across all the venues, and all of the games which were produced turned out to be genuinely innovative and incredibly fun to play.

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Attendees at the Play Parties were also given the chance to vote for their favourite game, and help it win the IGDA Scotland Community Choice Award. At the Glasgow site the stunning Prism Saga, from a pair of game jam virgins no less, swooped the award. Prism Saga is a shiny 3D platformer with two-dimensional freedom of movement, which is really fun to play. The developers of the game are hoping to expand it further, aiming for a commercial release to bring the title to a wider audience. You can play Prism Saga here: http://globalgamejam.org/2014/games/prism-saga

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The winning game at the Dundee Play Party was the beautifully innovative Light in the Night. Light of the Night is an experimental game in which there is a small town enveloped in a fog, and by walking around you clear the fog away. This effect works really well, and the visuals are very impressive for a game created in just 48 hours. You can check out Light of the Night here: http://globalgamejam.org/2014/games/light-night

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A massive congratulations is also due to the fantastic Timea Tabori, who received the inaugural IGDA Scotland Most Valuable Person Award for her outstanding commitment and service to the chapter over the past year. Truly well deserved, and a huge thanks to Timea for all she’s done.

 

Finally, although only two titles could be chosen, all of the games that I played at the Play Parties were great! There was some real talent showcased at this year’s jam, and we hope to see you at next years event! You can play the other games from the various venues at the links below:
Dundee: http://globalgamejam.org/2014/jam-sites/dundee-scottish-game-jam-abertay-university
Edinburgh: http://globalgamejam.org/2014/jam-sites/edinburgh-napier-university/games
Glasgow: http://globalgamejam.org/2014/jam-sites/scottish-game-jam)

A huge thank you to everyone who came and exhibited their game at either Glasgow or Dundee (or both!), and to everyone who came along and played them. We all had a fantastic time, and we hope you enjoyed the Play Parties as well. Thanks also to Dave Sharp for allowing us to use his photo from the Global Game Jam Glasgow venue in this post.

Don’t forget we have plenty of other IGDA events running throughout the year, with the next one being an evening of microtalks in Dundee on March 26th. More details and tickets can be found by clicking here.

November 2013: IGDA Scotland AGM and Social Meeting

On Wednesday November 13th we held our annual general meeting in the Admiral Bar in Glasgow, which looked over what the chapter had achieved in 2013 and also our plans for the future. The event was very kindly sponsored by the UK Interactive Entertainment Association, who bought a drink for everyone who attended the event.

Proceedings kicked off with the annual report, where we looked at the numerous success that the chapter has gone through over the past year and what we hope to do over the next year. Our successes included the tremendously successful Scottish Game Jam and associated Play Party, Richard Lemarchand’s masterclass in July, the Develop Conference breakfast, and our two recently-launched services; the RiftShare program and the IGDA Scotland Job Board.

The RiftShare program is designed to strengthen the relationship between the chapter and the greater Scottish development community, while at the same time making it easier for developers to create projects for the Oculus Rift. The job board provides a free forum for the community to advertise open positions, but it is also open to hobbyist or student teams looking for new members.

Looking to the future, the chapter is hoping to build upon its successes. We are planning to hold more events, such as new masterclasses and game jams, and increase our engagement with the community by helping to run other events. In 2013 we were delighted to present GamesWest alongside the University of West Scotland and West College Scotland, which saw a variety of speakers give advice on how to get into the games industry to FE and HE students. We also partnered with the University of Abertay in Dundee to host a screening of the Launch Conference, and most recently we were involved with the Scottish Game Jam.

You can view a recording of our annual report below.

We also ran both an open mic session at the start of the meeting, and there was a chance after the annual report for developers to show off some of the projects they are currently working on.

Highlights during the open mic session included the one man development team over at Pixel Sword, who has released his first game Square Match Go, a mobile-based fast paced puzzle game and is available now from the Pixel Sword website. A number of companies also used the open mic to advertise any vacancies they currently have, which of course you can check out on the IGDA Scotland Job Board.

Following the annual report, we got demonstrations of some games produced within the community. The Dungeoning is a procedurally generated, roguelike platformer with some really nice visuals and pretty fluid gameplay, which you can see in action here. Tricone Lab is a puzzle game centered around the interactions within a multicellular organism, which was really fun to play. You can find out more about the game by visiting the website.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along, and of course a massive thank you to UKIE for sponsoring the evening. Here’s to a successful 2014!

Global Game Jam 2014 Play Parties

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It’s a new year, and to kick things off in style we’re hosting our annual Game Jam Play Parties, which allows jammers to showcase the games they created during this year’s Global Game Jam, as well as get feedback from other jammers and members of the public.

However this year we’ve decided to expand the Play Parties and host not one, but two events, giving you the opportunity to try out even more fantastic games. There will also be the chance to vote for your favourite game and help them win the IGDA Scotland Community Choice award at each event.

The first Play Party will be held in Glasgow on February 12th (that’s this coming Wednesday!) in the Admiral Bar. You can sign up for the Glasgow Play Party by clicking on the button below.

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GDS_Dare_BannerThe second Play Party is in Dundee on February 19th, and the event is being hosted in association with the Abertay Game Development Society who have very kindly arranged for us to use Bar One in Abertay’s Student Centre. You can register for the Dundee Play Party by clicking on the button below.

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We hope that you are able to join us in playing the brilliant titles that were produced during this year’s game jam at either Play Party (or even both!), and we look forward to sharing more details about our upcoming events soon.

Scottish Game Jam 2014

It’s nearly that time of the year again. The nights are drawing in, the weather is getting colder and everyone is in good cheer. A time to eat food that you shouldn’t, to stay up late, to do whatever you like and be with the people you like the most.

That’s right, it’s nearly time for the Scottish Game Jam 2014!

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The SGJ this coming year will be held at the Glasgow Caledonian University and the sister site at Abertay University Dundee on the 24th to the 26th of January.

If you’ve never heard of the Scottish Game Jam before, well shame on you, it’s only the biggest game jam in the country and is part of the biggest game jam in the world – The Global Game Jam. Every year amazing game developers get together for 48 hours to create some truly brilliant games such as last year’s Scottish Game Jam overall winner, Lub Vs Dub.

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In 2013, over 38 titles were created, from artful story telling games; board games; horror games and even a networked text adventure! But, it’s not just the creation of the games which draws people to the Scottish Game Jam. The atmosphere in the building while teams are furiously creating their projects is intoxicating and one of the main reasons people keep coming back every year. There are games to play with your fellow developers, prizes to be won, pizza to eat and great banter all round.

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So if you’re feeling creative, love making games and are a little bit mad, then join us at one of the two sites in January! You’ll need to sign up at your preferred site at one of the links below!

Register for SGJ in Dundee

Register for SGJ in Glasgow

Also don’t forget you can learn more about the Global Game Jam on their new site.

And that’s not all, following the jam, in February, IGDA Scotland will hosting a pair of Play Parties in both Dundee and Glasgow where teams can show off their games, play everyone’s games, and vote on their favourites. We’ll update you with the full details of these events closer to the time.

Last year the Scottish Game Jam had over 200 jammers in attendance making it the biggest in the UK and in the top 10 in the world. If you want to be part of what is always one of the best weekends in game development then join us at the Scottish Game Jam 2014!

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We tried out a different presentation format at the Glasgow meeting. PechaKucha translates from Japanese as chit-chat, but also refers to a fun style of giving talks where each speaker has 20 slides, each of which will be shown for 20 seconds before automatically advancing – whether the speaker is ready or not!

We’d like to thank each of the 8 speakers for their role in making this evening a great success. The evening went very well and there were a lot of laughs as the presenters got to grips with the new format. It’s great to see people out supporting their chapter, and we’d also like to thank all of the attendees for coming along. Don’t worry if you missed the stories and ideas presented, the talks were recorded, and you can find them all embedded in the playlist below.

Remember, you can find many videos of our meetings on our YouTube channel, and make sure to keep an eye on the calendar area of the homepage so that you don’t miss out on attending more great events by IGDA Scotland.