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The 6th Annual IEEE GameSIG Intercollegiate Computer Games Showcase
is providing student game developers the chance to present their best
student developed video games for judging by an elite panel of video
game industry leaders.

Come out in support of your favorite colleges as student development
teams go head-to-head for school pride, bragging rights, and this year’s
GameSIG Cup. Finalists will demonstrate their games for a growing
number of students, alumni, and sponsors representing Orange County’s
internationally renowned video game industry.

This year’s showcase will be held at California State University,
Fullerton, CA at the Titan Student Union pavilions A,B & C. Free Parking in the
State College parking structure (SCPS) adjacent to the Titan Student
Union. Park in # 36, and walk to # 31 on this Campus Map at:
http://www.fullerton.edu/campusmap/

Following the showcase enjoy a reception featuring local gourmet food
trucks, game demonstrations by the student developers, and networking.
Put on your game face and come to cheer your favorite school, watch
demos and play games. Click here to RSVP for Free tickets.

The public is invited to attend the annual intercollegiate competition
among the major universities of Orange County and the surrounding area.

* 12:30PM – 4:30PMCompetition Among The Chosen (Finalists)
The greatest student game developers in the SoCal Empire’ universities
will compete for honors on the Big Screen before our panel of Local
Game Industry Leader judges in an American Idol format. Each Student
Game Developer Team will have ten minutes to shock and awe the judges.
* 4:30PM – 6:30PMReception & Game Demos (food & play)
We will have a casual game demo session, networking, and reception.
The audience (you) will have the opportunity to get some hands-on time
with the games created by the finalists and semi-finalists, enjoy
refreshments, and network with industry professionals.

Warning: Seating is limited. RSVP for Free tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sixth-annual-ieee-gamesig-intercollegiate-computer-game-showcase-tickets-30183138580

Really excited to see the final version of Jeremy Snead’s TV show “Unlocked”, he’s managed to get an interesting cast of characters involved.

You can request pre-order notification here:  http://www.unlockedtvshow.com/preorder/

 

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

In 2007 the ESA Foundation established a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. In 2009 we extended this opportunity to graduating high school seniors and doubled the amount of awards granted from 15 to 30.

The scholarships are offered for full-time undergraduate study at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the USA.  Up to 30 scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded annually, 15 to graduating high school seniors and 15 to current college students.

Applicants must be:

  • Women or minority students,
  • Pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts (high school seniors must already be accepted into a program),
  • Enrolling or enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States,
  • Maintaining a grade point average of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent), and
  • US citizens.

This scholarship program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. To apply, please visit https://aim.applyists.net/esaf between February 1 and April 1 for the following academic year.

Kojima-san

December 16, 2015 — 2 Comments

At the launch of Video Games Live at the Hollywood bowl I was asked to join a group of people to sign autographs.  Beside me was Hideo Kojima and Stan Lee (Spiderman/Marvel etc.)   After some time the line ran out for Stan Lee (a legend in the comic industry) but Kojima-san still had a LONG LINE of people wanting him to autograph everything they had on them.

Stan leaned back and said to me “WHO IS THIS GUY?

He’s Kojima and he’s one of the most respected video game directors of all time.  I have to congratulate Andy House for signing his next project exclusively on consoles for PlayStation.

Enjoy the video…

“Make and Share Games!”

https://www.arduboy.com/#play

This is an incredible little device that’s based on Arduino so there’s lots of game code out there for you to experiment with.

It’s cool to be able to make a game and HAND THE DEVICE to a friend to play it.

Cost is $39

I’m excited by the impact this can have on education as it’s by far more fun to make games when learning to code.  At the same time you’re learning how to control electronics as it’s really an Arduino device.

Fun to see the amazing progress.

This was the original prototype:

I don’t have a copy yet, but just getting a glimpse it looks like Sam has hit it out of the park.

This kind of work is important as it’s recording some of the video game industry history in an incredibly high quality format.

More info here:

http://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/products/sinclair-zx-spectrum-a-visual-compendium

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Back from England (was speaking at the Develop conference), here’s an interview I did while I was there.

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