News about upcoming meetings or projects, or things discussed at previous meetings

Oct 16, 2009

Guest Speaker: HeyZap

Our next meeting is this Thursday!
We wrap-up one challenge and start on the next, and HeyZap is coming!

Thursday, October 22, 2009
7:00pm – 9:00pm
SJSU Student Union, Almaden room

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Oct 10, 2009

Collaboration Presentations (Summary)

Thanks to everyone who came to our meeting! We had a great turnout and great pizza!

Teams presented their four new games for the Collaborative Challenge (click that link to see the games), and a Microsoft representative explained the Imagine Cup game development competition, which has some serious prizes.

We then had our guest speaker, Action of ChromaCoders, discuss development of Facebook games. Special thanks for coming and sponsoring the event! :)
In particular, Action noted that some of the most popular games were developed by individuals or small teams, not major companies, and that publishing a Facebook game, even when you need to scale to support many users, is very inexpensive. These games can make a lot of money, especially with in-game micro-transactions. Make Facebook games!!
Action is the author of Build Your Own Successful MMORPG in 3 Days, which you can download here:
Book | Book files

Oct 2, 2009

Collaboration Presentations

Our next meeting is next Thursday!
Teams will be presenting their completed games for the Collaborative Challenge, and we will have a guest speaker (see flyer below) and free food!

Thursday, October 8, 2009
7:15pm – 9:15pm
SJSU Student Union, Almaden room

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Sep 24, 2009

"Intermission" Meeting (Summary)

Earlier this evening, our most awesome members met to assess the current state of the collaborative game development challenge, and formulate advanced strategies for winning. Actually, The Danger People presented their entry in a shock-and-awe maneuver to set their team apart as the only one with a working game, and The Purple Monkey Team finally decided which game they are going to make.
In addition to The Danger People's game for the challenge, we also saw presentations from four different people, who are making games not related to the challenge.

For anyone interest, IGDA is hosting a Game Demo Night on September 30 (details here). If you'd like to carpool from SJSU, please post on the forums.

Get ready... the current challenge ends in two weeks! :]

Sep 17, 2009

"Intermission" Meeting

Our next meeting is next Thursday!
Teams will be presenting their progress towards the current Challenge.

Thursday, September 24, 2009
7:00pm – 9:00pm
SJSU Student Union, Almaden room

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Sep 11, 2009

Fall 2009 Second Meeting (Summary)

Thanks to everyone for coming!

The collaborative game challenge has started! Rules will be posted shortly, in a different post.

Also thanks to Albert Chen for his presentation, "Getting into the Video Game Industry: Episode II - Unemployment Strikes Back." You can view his presentation here.

Before Albert Chen's presentation, we took a few minutes to mention a few development kits that are popular for game development, including Game Maker, which is great for people without programming experience. More info can be found on the presentation slides from this meeting.

Sep 4, 2009

Fall 2009 Second Meeting

Our second meeting is next Thursday!
Get ready to make games. :]

Thursday, September 10, 2009
7:00pm – 9:00pm
SJSU Student Union, Almaden room

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Aug 27, 2009

Fall 2009 Kick-off! (Summary)

Thanks to everyone who came to our first meeting!
We saw a video of last year's awesomeness and game presentations from five different people.

SJSU Game Dev Highlight Reel from SJSU Game Dev on Vimeo.

Grid[z] and Ultimate Checkers Online from SJSU Game Dev on Vimeo.

Bryan Munro's War and Bees from SJSU Game Dev on Vimeo.

Convenience from SJSU Game Dev on Vimeo.

First development challenge of the semester

Our first game development challenge starts in two weeks, but you need to form your teams now! For the first time ever, we will be collaborating with students at Cogswell Polytechnical College. Through collaboration, we hope to get several teams that each have dedicated programmers and artists, as well as game designers and others.

To get the teams formed for this challenge, please post on this Google group, even if you plan to work independently or already have a team planned: The Cogswell and SJSU Collaborative Game Challenge Google Group. Following the example (the readme post), please state your skills and the type of team or team members that you'd like to work with. In a week or so, participants can then go through the list to find team members.

Semester schedule

The second challenge of the semester, as well as additional guest speakers and other awesomeness, will be finalized later. For the meetings below, the rooms in the Student Union are already reserved, and the guest speakers are confirmed.

September 2nd
Student org fair tabel'n (10:00 AM - 2:00)

September 10th
7:00 - 9:30, Almaden room
Albert Chen will speak, and the Cogswell and SJSU Collaborative Game Challenge will start

September 24th
7:00 - 9:30, Almaden room

October 8th
7:00 - 9:30, Almaden room
Guest speakers from Zynga are coming, and the Collaborative Challenge will end
EDIT: Zynga needs to be rescheduled :/

October 22th
7:00 - 9:30, Almaden room
Guest speakers from HeyZap are coming

November 5th, November 19th, December 3rd

Aug 20, 2009

Fall 2009 Kick-off!

Our first general meeting is in one week! Be there!

Thursday, August 27, 2009
6:30pm - 8:00pm
SJSU Student Union, Almaden room

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Mar 14, 2009

AMD Tech Talk and Shmup Challenge Presentations

Hi Everyone,

The shmup challenge ends on monday. We will be presenting on Monday, March 16th at 5:00pm. Meet at the Computer Science Club MH 227 on Campus. Make sure to bring your laptops and the game. We will tell you the format of the presentation at the event. We are thinking winner may be decided by vote!

The winner will be announced at the AMD Tech Talk at 6:30pm. Prizes will be give out them.

Prizes will include gift cards and a copy of Halo Wars for Xbox 360! (Care of Mircosoft).
THERE WILL BE FOOD AT THE TECH TALK. Details on the flyer below! See you all on Monday!

Feb 4, 2009

First Meeting Spring 2009

Hi Everyone,

Our first general meeting for Spring 2009 will be in the Computer Science Club (MH 227, SJSU) at 4:30pm on Thursday, February 5th, 2009. We will discuss upcoming events, the global game jam which happened at cogswell and a brand new game challenge.

See you guys/gals soon!!!

Nov 10, 2008

8-bit challenge due dates update (1)

Because this up coming Tuesday is a holiday, the "mini presentation" due date will be pushed back till Thursday November 13th. Here are the final presentation dates and times for the 8-bit challenge.

Mini Presentation: Thursday November 13th Student Union: Almaden room @ 8pm

Final Presentations: Tuesday December 2nd Student Union:  @ 7pm

Oct 22, 2008

Cryptic Studios Comes to the Game Development Club at SJSU (1)

Shannon Posniewski is the director of game programming at Cryptic Studios. At this meeting he is going to speak about the game development process,and his work in the MMORPG realm. Shannon has worked on City of Heroes, City of Villians and is currently working on Cryptic's upcoming titles! This event is open to the public and completely free. Free pizza and drinks! Bring all of your friends! Don’t miss it!

October 28th, 2008
7:00pm - 9:00pm
(there will be time to network afterward)

San Jose State University Student Union: Ohlone Room
1 Washington Square Hall (closer to 7th or 8th street),
San Jose, CA

BY THE WAY... You could probably bring your resume...

Click here to see a larger version of the flyer.

Oct 13, 2008

Meeting on Tuesday October 14th, 2008

Next meeting will be in the Student Union (Guadalupe room)7pm, we will be RE-DOING the presentation, in order to get a better recording of them for the website and so people can have a bit more time to do them. We will also be having a guest speaker come in from San Francisco State University and present a 3d RTS flash game that he's creating.

This is the format of the meeting.

Re-do game presentation
San Francisco State University Student presentation
Q and A

For the re-do of the presentations, we would like for everyone to
follow the following format...

- Talk about what how your game was going to turn out (Game design
talk, tools you were going to use)
- Present the actual game, have other people play the game
- Mini Post-mortem, talk about what went wrong, what you would have
change, etc...

This is just a suggestion, so when millions of people see the video
online, they have a better understanding of awesome your game is ;D.

Hope to see everyone at the meeting!

Sep 28, 2008
Sep 26, 2008

September 30th, 2008 Meeting

Mochi Media is dropping by!

Pong Competition Presentations are gonna rock!

Free FOOD!!!

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 30th, 7:00PM

Where: Ohlone Room, San Jose State University Student Union

Click the Flyer Below to see it full sized!

September 30th, 2008 Meeting Flyer

Sep 9, 2008

Game Development Club's 2nd meeting (Fall 2008)

Time : Tuesday September 16th 7:30pm - 9pm
Place : Student Union, Guadalupe Room

What will be going on?

We will be setting up a carpool for the Independent Game Developers Association's (IGDA) Demo Night @ Cogswell Polytechnical College,. Cogswell is located in Sunnyvale (about a 15 minutes drive on 101 north from SJSU).
Demo Night will be on Wed. September 24th from 7:00pm - 9:30pm. Here is a list of everyone who will be presenting...


Dave Georgeson of Gaia Online presents their upcoming flash based MMO
Simon Amarasingham of dSonic presents an adaptive music demo with Unreal Tournament
Brody Brooks of Cogswell Game Developer's Club presents Beat Down Bob
Autodesk demonstrates their latest 3d animation tool revs
Kurt Larson of Slipgate Ironworks presents the Generative Adaptive Music System (GAMS) for MMO's
Paul Manwell of PX interactive presents the NetDog Networking engine for MMO's
Don McClure of Digital Element, Inc. and Rajan Singh of ToneThis present ZorkSMS on a cellphone
John Lovell of East Bay University demonstrates combArt, an experimental game of Art
Brian Alexakis of UCSC will share adventures on the path from game idea to Sony PSP

You can read all about demo night here:

We will also be talking about the club's first development event! The Pong Development Challenge(hooray!) All details will be covered at the meeting. Board members will also be doing very short presentation on different technology that are available for game development.(Flash, XNA, Gamemake, etc...), in order to give everyone a better idea of what options are there in regards to game development tools.

Hope to see everyone there! Feel free to bring everyone and anyone interested in game development!
Feel free to e-mail me if you have any question/concerns.

Sep 8, 2008

Game Development Club at SJSU reaches a whole new level

Today the spartan daily did an article on our club! Check it out. It is pretty cool. Man that is a really awesome picture we were all crouching down on top of a DDR pad in the arcade at San Jose State's Student Union! Read it! :)

Click Here to read the full article in PDF Format

Click Here to read the full article in JPG Format

Aug 26, 2008

First meeting of the fall semester

Place: Student Union, Guadalupe Room

Time: Tuesday Sept. 2nd, 7-9pm

Special guest speaker:

Albert Chen, over 12 years of video game industry experience with credits in nearly 2 dozen PC and console games. He has worked at EA, Factor 5, The 3DO Company, and LucasArts. Is currently the Professor of Game Design and Development and head of the Game Development Program at Cogswell Polytechnical College.

Mar 4, 2008

Upcoming meeting!

Meeting on Thursday 13th, 6pm - 7pm at the Student Union(Pacheco Room). Will be showing off two games, both developed in just one month! Will also be putting teams together for a Game Competition.

Feb 20, 2008

Game Maker Tutorial this Friday!

The Game Development Club be will giving a tutorial on how to use Game Maker this Friday.

Place: Engineering Building 376

Time: 5:00pm

What to bring: A desire to make games and a laptop

Hope to see all of you there!

Feb 11, 2008

Gen. Meeting on Monday

General info meeting this next Monday from 6:00 ~ 7:00 in the Guadalupe Room. Discussion of future events and open forum/brainstorming session on upcoming projects.

Please let me know or email if you cannot make this meeting.

Hope to see all of you there!

Feb 4, 2008

Code-a-thon this Friday!

There will be another code-a-thon this Friday(Jan 9). Same place same time, Engineering building room 376(third floor), 3pm to 10pm.

Jan 31, 2008

First Code-a-thon! (1)

The first code-a-thon of the semester! Bring your laptops and get ready to make some games. You're free to stop by and leave between the times of 3pm and 10pm. We'll be pitching in for pizza at around 5pm. The location for the code-a-thon is the engineering building in room 376(third floor). Even if you have no experience making games, YOU'RE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO STOP BY. The one and only requirement is to possess a drive and passion for making video games! We are here to give you the tools, resources, and networking to help you achieve your goals!

Code-a-thons are a great place to collaborate with other game developers and share ideas. They will be held in the Engineering building in room 376 every Friday and they promptly start at 3pm and end at 10pm. Everyone is welcome to stop by and leave whenever they like. Code-a-thons are not just for coders/programmers, everyone from graphic design to sound engineering is welcome. Hope to see everyone there!

Jan 27, 2008

Our First Meeting

The first Game Development club meeting will be this Thursday. It will be held in the Student Union at 6pm in the Pacifica room. Planning on keeping the meeting short, 20 min to 30min. Feel free to bring friends!

Posted: Jan. 27 2008