Social Night: Pre-GDC Party (March 14th, 7:00pm)

It’s social night again and let’s network before Game Developers Conference (GDC) with our favorite analog and digital games! Come and show off either games you’re developing, or absolutely love playing with others! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget are welcome!

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[TVCOG] Business in Digital Games (March 7th, 1:00pm)

To reserve your space, sign up at Eventbrite below:

Join us as we explore the depth and breadth of the digital game ecosystem in the Tech Valley and opportunities for creative and technical professionals and entrepreneurs.

Learn about the companies included in this ecosystem, what they do and who they work with and how. Dig a little deeper into the growth and development of one successful business. Then drill down a little more into a targeted discussion of your choice. Finish your day with a Networking Reception complete with opportunities to talk with representatives of game design companies and a TedX-style presentation on “The Intersection of Digital and Media Art.” Here’s our agenda:

Mapping the Tech Valley Digital Games Cluster – a panel of representatives from each game design or related company with each sharing information on the company’s mission and place in the ecosystems, as well as the type of employee and freelancers their company works with and the skills those individuals need.

Starting, Growing, Pivoting and Still Growing a Business in Digital Games, featuring Brian Corrigan of Mad Glory

Dig Down Discussions — Breakouts for Creative, Technology and Entrepreneur

Networking Mixer with workshop attendees and members of the Upstate Alliance for a Creative Economy, with information tables for the digital games businesses and sponsoring organizations

CoGTalk — The Intersection of Digital and Media Arts featuring NYS Council on the Arts Program Director for Electronic Media & Film|Visual Arts Karen Helmerson

This program is free, but space is limited. Reserve your place at the event by registering at Eventbrite (all proceeds goes to the Extra Life charity)! The donations made to reserve a space will benefit the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center through Extra Life, which unites thousands of digital game players around the world in 24-hour fundraising and gaming marathons to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Game Club: Political Games (hosted by Taro) (March 15th, 7PM)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is Taro, and his selections are:

We Become What We Behold
A classic by Nicky Case about the cycle of media consumption.

In this short chose-your-own-adventure, you step into the shoes of an unmanned aerial vehicle pilot who makes life-or-death decisions.

Every Day the Same Dream
When every day looks and feel the same, how does one break up the monotony?

The Best Amendment
Don’t let the past catch up to you in this score-based shooting game!

Glass Ceiling
A frantic 2-player competitive game where both players fights over increasing their screen estate.

To Build a Better Mousetrap
A metaphorical management sim that attempts to answer the logical conclusion of a capitalistic society filled with AI and robots.

Bonus Video -The Power of Incentives by Extra Credits

The discussion will take place on March 15th. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. Each game is about 5 minutes long.

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Black History Game Jam 2018 (February 25th, 10am)

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To participate in this event, please reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite: Black History Game Jam tickets

In celebration of Black History Month, the next event in our #include series will be the Black History Game Jam, a day long “hackathon” dedicated to creating games, interactive artwork and stories inspired by African American history and culture. Come join us in recognizing and celebrating African American contributions to history and culture while creating your own game!

Everyone is welcome to take part in this public game making event, and first time creators are highly encouraged to participate. The atmosphere at #include events is fun and collaborative, and a team of experienced mentors will be on hand to help out any newcomers and provide guidance on how you can bring your game ideas to life.

The jam will take place on Sunday, February 25th starting at 10am and ending at 6pm. Participants are invited to gather at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), in room 2411 under the Sage Labs building. The event kickoff starts at 10am on Sunday, which will feature a brief word of welcome from the organizers, an introduction to our team of volunteer mentors and a chance for you to meet the other participants.

The Black History Game Jam is open to participants of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited, so please book your ticket early to avoid missing out on your chance to participate in the game jam. Please read all of the event info below before booking your place in the jam.
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The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (February 23rd, 5:00pm)

Our monthly Troy Night Out with The Arts Center continues with an exhibition of locally created games. Macs and PCs will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The showcase is free and open to everyone, and we welcome you to show off games that are in any state of completion. So bring along your project for some playtesting and feedback, or just stop by and join in the fun!

If you have any questions about the showcase, feel free to send a message to

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Lesson Night: Unity Features You May Not Have Known About! (February 21st, 6:30pm)

Presenter: Taro Omiya

Description: Unity, one of the most popular game making tools, is jam-packed with features like state-of-the-art 3D graphics, an efficient physics engine, and ability to build for PC, mobile, consoles, AR, VR, and Mixed Reality. But did you also know that you can add split-screen without any scripting? Or add echo zones for your audio? Self-proclaimed local Unity expert Taro Omiya will go over some lesser known, but useful features in this powerful tool.

Special Notes:

  • A laptop with Unity3D installed

About the instructor:
Taro Omiya is the sole developer who founded Omiya Games, an experimental indie studio that creates many renowned game jam games such as first-place winner of Ludum Dare 37’s innovation category, The Recursive Dollhouse. His tools-of-choice are Unity, C#, and bits of Photoshop, Blender, and Garage Band here-and-there. His open-source game jam projects are available on, and their source code is on his BitBucket page.

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Orbit: 3D Game Design & Digital Art Q & A (February 22nd, 7:00pm)

First time attending this event?  Please sign-up in our short form over here:

Looking to step up your game development skills by diving into 3D? Or learning to step-up your artistic abilities?
This mentorship group is for you! The 3D Game Design Orbit and the TVGS Art Orbit (TAO) mentorship group can help provide you answers and resources to any questions you may have on a variety of popular 3D game engines and digital art tools.

We will have a questions and answers session where mentors can help answer any game development problems you may have. Remember to bring your own project and questions!

The 3D Game Design Orbit group meets on the 1st and 4th Thursday 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. Likewise, the TVGS Art Orbit meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the same location.

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.

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