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IGDA, GDC, & Thurs. Event

This week is a fairly big week for GCC.  Starting off the week, we sent out our first email newsletter.  This will be a weekly newsletter with the coming week’s events posted along with other GCC related news and articles.  We hope this will keep everyone connected and informed.

The next happening this week is an awesome public event we are putting on with Ian Schreiber.  Ian will be coming in to talk about game development jobs and where to start when developing video games.  Since we have a lot of newer members or interested individuals, we hope this presentation will be greatly informative and give you the motivation or comfortability in taking the next step of starting your games.  The event is listed to start at 7:00 pm this Thursday February 12th in Knowlton Hall Auditorium.  There will be free pizza, snacks, and refreshments at the beginning along with a social mingling-meet-n-greet session.  We also hope to have the room earlier to have a quick little bit of a regular GCC meeting.  We hope to see everyone there.

The Game Developer’s Conference 2009 is approaching.  It is being held in San Francisco from March 23rd through the 27th.  It is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door in networking with developers and others.  We highly suggest at least looking into this.  It is however fairly expensive depending on what type of pass you get.  This Wednesday a discount will end at midnight through GDC.  More info here: http://www.gdconf.com/

The International Game Developer’s Association is always something we like to bring up every once in a while.  It is a great organization to become a member of if you are serious about going into the games industry.  Student memberships cost $30, and we are going to be giving out a couple scholarships for our most active member(s).  The igda will be at the GDC in full force since most of the developers there will be members and they are holding various seminars, summits, tutorials, and other sessions. www.igda.org

Our next meeting will be this next week somewhere between Tuesday and Thursday.  We are looking into starting times between 4:00pm and 7:00pm.  Some of these times will depend on availability of the leaders and rooms.

1/30/09 Updates

We had an irc meeting this past week.  Not many people showed up in the channel.  We had a lot of great announcements.  The full chat log can be found in the forums(will be posted 1/31/09).  Here is a summary of what we covered:

Upcoming Events:

“Developing Video Games: Where to Start” Knowlton Hall Auditorium (room 250) 2/12/09 @ 7:00pm= GCC is bringing in Ian Schreiber to speak about the games industry.  He will cover these topics: how the industry works, various jobs in creating games, how to break-in to the industry, how to make a student game, faqs/advice.  There will be pizza, drinks, games, and fun!  The beginning of the event will have a sort of social mingling.  Come join the fun!

Next Meeting = this coming week February 4th, 2009, @ 6:45pm, location: Scott Lab [SO-054]

Projects:

If you don’t yet want to or don’t have the time etc etc…. Build a game on paper.  Draw out the design, think through whatever aspects your experience allows you to work on.  If you are a programmer, plan out how you would program it all, how everything interacts, etc.  If you are an artist, think of the characters, environment, vehicles, weapons, interface, etc and draw up some concept art.  After all this, you may have the urge to move another step and begin to build this game you’ve designed/planned.  Make sure you then post all of this to our forums so that everyone can see your work (including industry recruiters) and maybe invite others to join in on your project.

Tank Game: We’ve already begun the restoration process with Morgan.  Basically, the existing code may need to be trashed.  Morgan will be going over the options next meeting.  So far we’ve had a lot of interest in bringing this back to life.

GameMaker: A platform shooter. (see Tory’s post in the forums)

New Meeting Structure:

We have developed a new meeting structure that will benefit us all!  The first section will be devoted to a relaxed social atmosphere with food, drinks, games, and mingling.  Come have some fun with us and meet new people.  Make friends and begin to learn everyone else’s skill sets and interests so that eventually everyone can start working together on projects.  The food will not be extensive every meeting.  We plan on having snacks for most, and pizza or other foods for the last meeting of every month. The next section will be comprised of our news and updates.  This part is what our old meetings were entirely comprised of.  Can you say boring?  This time it will be a quick section so we can get to the next section: demos/trainings/presentations.  These will be from various people including members just like you, officers, and other speakers.  The presentations will be of projects, how-to sessions, or other informational bits.  It will be a great chance for everyone to learn new skills.

Active Member Benefits:

Those who are active in the club each quarter will receive benefits.  These benefits will vary as they are available.  One known benefit coming very soon, will be some form of access to gamefly game rentals. Another benefit will be a status title.  We are working on a system to manage your status on our website and display it accordingly.  Theses will be titles such as: active working on a project, open for new projects, swamped-too busy for anything, dormant-lost communication.  This status will help employers to gauge your activity as well as other members to see who is open for what projects.  Other benefits will also be available.

Introducing Our New Officers:

I don’t think we have ever done this yet.  We want to thank all of our new officers for their service to our club.  With their help, GCC will be able to grow faster and stronger.  Many Thanks!

Mike Shah: Treasurer, James Jang: Member’s Coordinator, Bree Hemeyer: Resource Director

As our officers get acquainted with the GCC system, new policies and record keeping will take place.  Some of these have already begun as James is compiling a member’s database.  You have already noticed this since he sent out an email to everyone on our yahoo mailing list, and soon we will be sending another out to the wordpress users too.

Introducing New Members:

Tory and Kate were both new to GCC as they attended our IRC meeting this past Thursday.  We welcome them and can’t wait to see them jump into the action.  A reminder to them and all those new to GCC to not hesitate to speak out.  Speak out about what you want to see/do/etc, what you think we are doing wrong, if you have any questions, if you are available for a project, or have a project idea.

Next Meeting & Quick Update

7PM Wednesday Meeting: >>> McPherson room 2019

It is short notice, but we are having our next meeting this Wednesday evening starting at 7pm and ending at 8pm.  (Yes, the first time we are implementing a set ending time for our meetings…but not the last)  The location is still being selected but we will edit this post and update necessary event postings when we have the location.  Everyone should plan to attend this meeting unless you have a conflicting schedule.  In the event you cannot make this meeting, we will post all relevant information in our meeting logs as usual.

Website Updates:

Some of you might have noticed a slight change on our website…. Continue reading Next Meeting & Quick Update

EA Presentation a Huge Success

Tonight was the EA presentation and we had a massive turn out.  A lot more than we had expected and thus had some minor difficulties with pizza and fliers.  Other than that, the presentation went extremely smoothly, and had a lot of interest not only in EA but also with GCC.  We expect to see a lot more traffic on the GCC site and hope to get things rolling with projects soon.  We will be posting our next meeting soon, so be on the lookout.  We are planning it for this coming week or the next.  Don’t forget about our forums; They are a great way to start projects, chat about anything, and get your ideas out there.  We will post more about the EA presentation in our meetings logs and on the forums in the coming days.  We want to greatly thank Brian and the OSU alums for coming and presenting!

FYI: For interest in submitting a resume at EA the website is: http://jobs.ea.com/student

First Meeting and Giant Wall of Text Update

WELCOME BACK!

Welcome Back Everyone!  We hope everyone is getting along well with their classes.  We were at the Student Involvement Fair this year and we had a lot of new faces stop by.  Whom we hope to see again at our first meeting which will be Tuesday OR Thursday next week at 7pm in ACCAD (Tuesday September 30th and Thursday October 2nd).  There are two OPTIONS . . . Go to one or the other.  You do not need to attend both.  We just decided that it might be easier for some to have two options in case of time conflicts.  We will be going over who we are for new members and will be showcasing a couple games that we have made both last year and over the summer. Existing members are encouraged to attend in order to meet new faces and let everyone know how awesome we are!! 🙂

Prospective Members

For those of you who are coming to the Game Creation Club for the first time, we want to give you a special welcome.  We hope you come to our first meeting and really want to let you all know, that this club is extremely student friendly.  When I say this, I mean that we understand everyone has their own lives along with school to deal with and as such our club is built so that you do not have to commit to the club itself per se.  You merely need to commit to whichever assignment/position you take on for yourself in whichever project group you end up working in/with.  If you know you will be too busy to put forth consistent reliable effort, please let the other members of your group know this and try to work something out with them.

In another way we are student friendly, is that we do not have any dues whatsoever! Free resources, free forums, and free community!  There will be charges for events and t-shirts and such…but that is completely understandable since we can’t actually do everything for free.

So take a load off of your shoulders, don’t worry about making a huge decision on whether to join the club or follow it.  It should be an easy choice.  If you are interested in building games, building your portfolio/resume, or just enjoying a club dedicated to your interests, you should join and hang around our website!  If anyone has any questions feel free to post them on the forums or email us at gamecreationclub@yahoo.com

IGDA – International Game Developer’s Association

We have been accepted into this awesome association and recognized nationally as a student game development club!  This amazing status will get our club and members noticed by various developer’s, companies, and more around the country and even the world!  Along with the attention we will also receive other various benefits such as discounts on books and other swag available through the IGDA.  As part of the deal with being a member at IGDA we also really need to promote more members to get memberships with the IGDA.  I personally really recommend getting a membership anyway if you are at all serious about going into the game industry.  Student discounted memberships are only $30 per year and you get all sorts of great benefits…a lot of the same benefits as the club but also disount admission to the Game Developer’s Conference and other awesome events.

UGO

We have received our first small sponsorship!  Ugo.com has contacted us and is going to be sponsoring us in return for the small favor of placing a link on our website (which has been up for some time now).  We can’t wait to see what will come of the sponsorship and hope to see many more coming.

Connections, connections, and more connections….

As everyone can see, GCC is branching out like nasty vines, except not so nasty.  We are in the middle of getting as many connections as we can so that our club will continue to grow and become more known.  The above connections have already been stated (ugo, igda), and many already know about ACCAD connections and a growing one with CSE through Jorge.  However, we are also working hard to better and officially establish a relationship with ACCAD so that we can stop dancing around their feet and work in concert.  We will keep you updated on that when we know more, but there are even more people we are reaching out to.  There are other organizations here at OSU that may be able to help us out with campus events among other things.  A few weeks ago I posted info about the CGL having Back2School battles…well there is a chapter here at OSU called the OSU College Gaming League Chapter.  This group may be working with us more to put on events and we will hopefully be helping each other out with membership and getting the word out on campus about the game clubs at OSU.  In addition to OSU-CGLC we are looking into the opensource club.  So keep your eyes peeled for more updates on this.

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So this is the end of this massive update but check back often for more frequent updates this quarter and again we hope to see everyone at one of the meetings.