We’ve just been notified of a cool event happening this week here in Columbus! A local game developer Jon Myer has finished a game for the iphone titled “Cornhole: Allstars”. He is holding a launch party on the Santa Maria on the river this Thursday August 6th, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm. See event details here.
With the last week of classes, we’re coming close to summer and a decent break. GCC will stay active over the summer, but won’t have as many events most likely. We’ll try to put together a few meetings over the next few months and will definitely have an online meeting in some form (irc, other…). There are still projects that will continue in the summer, and I anticipate a lot of progress will be made with them. One of those is the “Urban Outbreak” (zombie game), and Alfred is still open for a few helpers, especially artists.
We’d like to especially thank the Garys from CORGS for inviting us to their first annual CORGS convention. They were great hosts and the event was a great success. A lot of vendors were there with great retro gear, games, memorabilia, and more. Various media establishments were there including the Lantern and NBC4. GCC will probably be in the CORGS article of the Lantern coming out this week (wed). We met a lot of great people and hope some of them turn out to be great partnerships/relationships. The booth next to us were the guys from http://untamedgamer.com. If you’re unfamiliar with them, they review games and have a great community type setup where you can submit requests for game reviews, comments, and more.
Indie Game Competition Winners
CORGS held an indie game competition at the convention and we submitted the games from the last challenge on behalf of the makers. The categories were: best retro game, best modern game, and best creative game. The judges were a few of the vendors/etc including myself and untamedgamer. Congratulations to the winners! We’ll arrange to get you your certificates soon.
Best Creative Game: “Particle Game” Aaron and Autumn Ryan
Best Retro Game: “Dodge” – Wei-Cheng Tang
Best Modern Game: “Particle Game” Aaron and Autumn Ryan
This week is a pretty exciting week for gamers in Columbus. First is E3 June 2-4, which will be covered by g4tv and have streaming coverage on their site as well. The next is the MLG 2009 Pro Circuit’s stop here in Columbus. June 5-7 in the Columbus Convention Center, will bring in mlg pros from around the country (including Ohio’s Ogre1 & 2) for competitions in WoW, Halo 3, and GoW. Get a spectator pass which includes an awesome level of access, chances to jump into side competitions, and more for only $20 total for a 3 day package! Check out the website for details.
The next GCC events will be posted and are still being planned. The IGDA meetings are in limbo right now along with the game jam. We’ll keep everyone posted as soon as we know more. We’re also not sure if we’ll have a final GCC meeting before the end of Spring quarter or not. These next 2 weeks will be busy for everyone, and once they’re over many leave for home. Again, we’ll keep everyone posted.
Special special thanks to all who came out to the gaming tournaments this past Friday; especially those who helped out! It was a blast, and a lot of prizes were won in the games and raffles. Those that stayed until the end, we awarded free GCC – SP09 Game Tournament t-shirts. If you want a t-shirt, send us an email, and we’ll arrange the order ($10 each). We’d really like to get your input about the event so that the next one will be even better (Post your thoughts about the event here.).
In the next 3 weeks there are 2 more events coming your way. The first will be our own GCC social event for our members. We’re still planning it, and will post more details as we finalize them. The second is the CORGS convention which will be May 30th and we’ll have a booth there.
We’re having another regular meeting this Wednesday and will talk a little about the game tournaments and how to improve them, and continue work on the zombie game. We’ll also introduce our new Art Director, Kevin Adams. Kevin has been a member of GCC for the past few quarters and has created some great 3d models as you may have seen on the forums. He is in the Air Force currently as well, and will be filling a Pixar internship this summer, Congrats Kevin! We look forward to your help as Art Director!
Friday May 8th is a big day for awesome events starting at 4pm.
First head over to ACCAD on west campus for their open house starting at 4pm. See what they have to offer and what truly awesome projects they’re working on. We are going to ask about getting our own table setup somewhere during the event.
After ACCAD, come swing by our Spring 09′ Games Tournaments. Awesome games and prizes. Free admission to the event itself with free entries into raffles and of course grab some free food! Tournaments have a small $5 entry fee, or pay $15 to get unlimited entries. Check out our forum post about the event for the latest details!
Gary – gm77z – is a member of the GCC, but also a leader of the Columbus Ohio Retro Games Society. He’s putting on their CORGS Convention coming up in May on the 30th. He has graciously invited GCC to attend the event and we have humbly accepted. So we will have a table on the floor, probably give a few presentations, and maybe if we can pull some string bring along some goodies too.
So, we’d like to know if any of you would be up for giving a small presentation on a topic of your choice. You could just present some of your games, or give a quick advice session/lecture.
A quick description of the convention:
A homebrew/Indie competition will take place and be judged around 4:30 pm with the awards presentation at 5 pm(tenatively). Jim Pickett, Charles Brown (ACEC president) and Ian Schriber (professor of game design at CSCC)will judge.
We are also probably going to have a “best modded system” competition for consoles and gaming PCs. Hopefully some members of GCC are up to giving a few lectures or “show n tell” sessions on stage. There are some free time slots for the stage at 10:30am, between noon and 3pm, and then again at 6pm. (Donkey Kong competition at 11 and Q-bert competition at 3).
Check out CORGS and more info on the event here.