Monday, September 25, 2017

        If you're interested in game development and you're not a masochist, you'll need to use a game engine. A game engine is a program that comes packaged with a bunch of things that make making games and other applications much, much easier! You've probably heard of them before, even if you know nothing about game development! Ever heard of Source? Frostbite? Unreal Engine? Unity? Gamemaker? At the last meeting, we went over everything you need to know about game engines, so that you can choose the one that's right for you!



        This weekend was the Unity Workshop! Everyone who came learned how to make a complete video game in the Unity game engine completely from scratch! Great job everyone who came!

Here's an album full of pictures from the workshop!  https://imgur.com/a/OZrN2



        At the next meeting, we'll be discussing our struggles and successes when it comes to game development. A few of us officers will be giving talks and showing off different games that we've finished (or not) at different stages of development. We'll be going over why we cut features and added features, give insight into our design process, and answer technical questions!


Keep in the know by joining our Discord!  https://discord.gg/stkYfWU


Our next meeting is this Monday September 25th - 5:30 pm in ECE 104!





Sunday, September 17, 2017

Don't worry, the new blog post is here!

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great time at last meeting's game design mini-challenge! Sorry this blog post is going up so late (the day before the next meeting....), I'll try to get them up much, much earlier. 

Last week, we split into groups of 5-6 and were tasked with modifying a simple card game to make it more fun and interested! We were blown away with your creativity and passion for game design!!! Keep it up! 


Here is a link to a gallery of photos from the event: https://imgur.com/a/ObwVG


Last Friday, (sept. 8th) was our first Game Night! Sponsored by American Express, we all enjoyed free food and games! A great time for all involved! We hold club-wide game nights once a month! Be sure to come to the next one!

Here are some of the photos from the event: https://imgur.com/a/iyRJJ


Here are some of our upcoming events : 

Our next meeting is this Monday, September 18th at 5:30 pm in ECE 104! (Yes, that's tomorrow!)

The Unity workshop will be happening this coming Saturday, September 23rd from 2-5 pm in ECE 104! We'll be going over some of the details of what you need to bring to maximize your experience. Learn how to use one of the most powerful and accessible game engines ever!

Want to join in the discussion? Join our discord here! https://discord.gg/stkYfWU


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Break time's over.

It's time to get back into the full swing of things with another exciting semester of Game Dev club! If you're a new member, welcome! If you're a returning member, welcome back! We hope to make this year of Game Dev Club the best it's ever been, with new talks, workshops, and personal project showcases!

At our first meeting last Monday, we showcased some of our club member's personal summer projects! We showed off some amazing games, animations, and text-adventures this week including...

Joseph Scheidemandel's Twilight Prophecy:
Hey, that's me! This 3D animation project took up most of my summer, totally around 2 months of solid work! I made it entirely from scratch in Blender, a free 3D modeling and animation program! Featuring an amazing musical score by Enrique Ponce, this Fantasia-style music video follows a robot on his quest for an ancient weapon.


Check it out! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUmjfihIebI&t=22s


Chris Klimoski's Blast Down:
Who knew our club president was such a talented game developer?? This innovative combo/dexterity game made in Phaser challenges the player to take control of an upside down rocket pack in order to trampoline there way through waves of killer robots.

Chris Klimoski's Blast Down

Play it now! - http://chrisklimowski.com/projects/jetpack.html


Previous semester's Game Jam games:

In addition to showing off our summer projects, we also looked back on previous games developed during our bi-yearly Game Jams. These include....

Gravidude - A gravity manipulation puzzle-platformer that's never gonna give you up.

On Death and Dying - A stylish 2D platformer with a dark and oppressive atmosphere.

B.R.E.A.D. - A cute and polished 2D platformer that challenges you to collect bread-based-baddies and use them as flaming toast ammunition!

More Coffee Mr. President? - Can you stay awake long enough to fulfill your presidential duties? This hilarious Wario-Ware style game might just be the key to understanding the current administration...

And a whole bunch of other currently-in-development games and projects that I don't have the assets or permission to share! (But they all looked great!)


Here are this week's announcements:

The club fair is this Wednesday, September 6th, 9am - 2pm. Come check out our booth on the mall!

Our first game night will be next Friday, September 8th. This event is sponsored by American Express! There will be free food and games for everyone who shows up! Bring your friends! This event takes place in ECE 102, 104, and 105 from 6pm ~ 12am!

Join in the game development discussion on our discord! We discuss upcoming events, give each other advice, share resources, and show off our projects!

https://discord.gg/stkYfWU


I hope you all have a great semester!