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

To reserve your space, sign up at Eventbrite below:
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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.

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Ludum Dare 35 (April 15, 2016)

The time has come…to make games for the 35th tri-annual online game jam, Ludum Dare!

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 72 hours with a team, or if you want to go hard-mode, 48 hours solo! Meet up with other rapid game developers! Eat a lot of junk food! And most important of all, have fun!

Note #1: in addition to this game jam, a VR/AR/Gaming Hackathon will be taking place at our office at the same time. Feel free to join that event as well. Do note, however, that our location will be more busy than usual. We will be open between 10:00 AM and midnight each day, and will provide least one computer screen and one computer.

Note #2: Also, for those making VR applications regardless of whether they plan on joining the Hackathon or not, we highly recommend checking out the VR Jam going on Itch.io below. There are a ton of prizes you can win on this jam, and it goes on for more than a week!

https://itch.io/jam/vrjam16

Just sign up on Facebook events or the Meetup page below to join in.

Ludum Dare 35

Friday, Apr 15, 2016, 7:30 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

11 Space Cadets Went

The time has come…to make games for the 35th tri-annual online game jam, Ludum Dare!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFef1bOn4EINo 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 …

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P.S. For parking, the Uncle Sams parking garage — which is only one block away from our office — is free during weekends and after 6:00 PM on the weekdays. We highly recommend parking there.

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Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (November 27, 2015)

Our monthly Troy Night Out continues with an exhibition of locally created games, this time at the Quackenbush building!

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 info@techvalleygamespace.com.

For your convenience, we’ve created a reminder at Facebook event and Meetup below:

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out

Friday, Nov 27, 2015, 5:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

2 Space Cadets Went

Our monthly Troy Night Out continues with an exhibition of locally created games, this time at the Quackenbush building!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 …

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TVGS 1st Anniversary Celebration (November 11, 2015)

Tech Valley Game Space is one year old, and we’re going to celebrate in style with a 1st anniversary party at the new Quackenbush building. Everyone is welcome to take part in the festivities, regardless of whether you’re a first timer or a loyal space cadet that has attended every TVGS meeting over the past year. The more the merrier, so stop by and join in the fun!

This event will also serve as an informal open house for the new TVGS co-working studio, located inside the Quackenbush building at 30 3rd Street in Troy. Come along and check out our new digs – it’s a great opportunity to learn more about TVGS, and to share ideas for how we can continue to expand our efforts in order to help ensure that our second year is even better than the first.

As usual, please RSVP in the Facebook event or Meetup below:

TVGS 1st Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

4 Space Cadets Went

Tech Valley Game Space is one year old, and we’re going to celebrate in style with a 1st anniversary party at the new Quackenbush building. Everyone is welcome to take part in the festivities, regardless of whether you’re a first timer or a loyal space cadet that has attended every TVGS meeting over the past year. The more the merrier, so stop by a…

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Game Developer Social Night w/RIT (September 21, 2015)

Attention, game developers and game enthusiasts! Let’s have a fun and exciting social night at the new Tech Valley Center of Gravity location at the Quackenbush building!

This event will also serve as an informal reception for visiting game developers from outside the Capital Region, including Stephen Jacobs (Associate Director of the RIT MAGIC Center and Professor at RIT’s School of Interactive Games and Media) and other RIT faculty, as well as a group of German game development students and faculty.

In addition to the social gathering, we will also be showcasing a playable selection of games created during our Local History Game Jam!

As usual, please RSVP in the Facebook event or Meetup below:

Game Developer Social Night w/RIT

Monday, Sep 21, 2015, 7:00 PM

Tech Valley Center of Gravity
30 Third Street Troy, NY

2 Space Cadets Went

Game developers and game enthusiasts! Let’s have a fun and exciting social night at the new Tech Valley Center of Gravity location at the Quackenbush building!This event will also serve as an informal reception for visiting game developers from outside the Capital Region, including Stephen Jacobs (Associate Director of the RIT MAGIC Center and Pro…

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