A day at a Indie Game Development meetup.

Hello everyone!

It has been a long while since I was last active on making games. Since the game Sean and I both created for the Candy Jam, I became burned out from working nonstop at my job and working on the game for two weeks. Afterwards, I was really busy with attending to whatever life threw at me (whether it is socializing, going home for the weekend, etc). As things started settling down, I finally decided that it would be time to start surrounding myself with independent game developers again so I could have my passion for game development rekindled once again. I figured what could be a better way to do so than to go to an independent game development meetup events. Lucky for me, San Jose (as well as the surrounding towns) has a high volume of meetup groups of varying interests, including game development. Last night, my quest took me to the Microsoft branch in Mountain View where a certain indie game meetup group has their monthly meetings there.

In these kind of meetups, you could bring your current project it to show it to other people with hopes of getting feedback(that is assuming you are currently working on it or finished it recently). This aspect is pretty interesting as you get to see some creativity of varying sorts.  During my time at the meetup events of this group, I have seen one of the projects that was made at Global Game Jam (at the Facebook site where I was a while ago), along with a 2D Spy Party inspired game, a game that was released on the Ouya console, a candy themed dungeon-crawling game, and an Oculus Rift simulation (which led to my first Oculus Rift exposure). It’s also interesting to find out what they enjoy playing based on the games that they made, or seeing their end result of their creativity.

Its pretty sweet!

Its pretty sweet!

Other than showing off games, the dynamic is pretty much the same as any other meetup group. You chat with people and you get to network with people. Its interesting to hear different stories of people at the meetups. I once met an artist at one of the earlier meetup events I went to who used to work as a art director for AAA games until he worked on 3 consecutive projects that ended up being cancelled. One of these titles that he worked on was Star Wars 1313 that got cancelled when LucasArts closed its doors about a year ago. At the last night’s event, I also met an individual who specialized in the marketing aspect who knew Pixel for years in prior to his release of Cave Story. With a varying amount of backgrounds from independent game developers, you could also ask about what it is like to work in a certain aspect of game development (such as art). It’s really cool on how they approach on creating their pieces that would be eventually be used in their current project. I even got some tips on how I could explore a certain area of game development that I have always wanted to try out (which I’ll go over that in a later post). Hearing on what people have to say in these conversations is what makes me enjoy the independent gaming community for the type of people that are involved with making games.

Oh and lastly, if you are a game developer that is working on a game that is looking for other people to help you on your projects, going to these kind of meetups is not a bad idea. There is a chance you could meet someone who have the same interests as you have. I have been asked by a couple people if I could contribute to their projects. As much as I would like to help them, I was too busy to set aside my own time. After all, I still have some projects that I would like to revisit in the near future.

Did the last night’s event help spark up my interest in game development? I like to think it did a little bit. I couldn’t have picked a better time to try and spark my passion for game development once more because life has started easing its grip on me, allowing me more time to do what I please. I may be able to start making games in the near future. Perhaps I could explore that aspect that I mentioned earlier on my post in the near future.

That’s all I have for now. Until next time, don’t be strangers!

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