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Our Welcome Party : Game Design Class 33

previous Game Design classes. Video game tournaments took place at five stations with various consoles throughout the room. The Street Fighter 4 tournaments were being projected onto the big screen. When my name was called to play Street Fighter 4 against Melissa Borda (GD32), I knew that I was in major trouble. I had never played with an arcade joystick before. Melissa was nice enough to teach me how to use the basic controls – button mashing! N…

Tech Talk : Xbox One Thoughts

m all. In fact, it seemed that Microsoft’s event was not really aimed at Sony as the main competition – but rather at Apple. For me, the presentation was very good and a welcome return to reality after Sony’s PR event for the PlayStation 4, which was widely panned for not actually having any hardware to show. As a software engineer, I worked on both the Playstation 2 and 3 and the original Xbox 1 and 360 on engine development. Without a doubt, Mi…

Question Block : Casually Kickstarting

ls available today. We raised how much?? *Results not typical. Some will primarily use their own website. Others will likely distribute on services like Steam. Still others might target online channels like Kongregate, Google Play, or even, gasp, Facebook. If the game is on mobile, of course the leading devices have their own app stores. The revenue split on these digital distribution platforms is generally 30% to the platform owner and 70% to th…

HTML5 – The Future of Online Gaming

t does it look like? One way to see HTML is to right-click on this blog posting and choose “View Page Source” from the context menu. Below is a code snippet of a simple HTML5 page: Games, Games, Games Today we can play HTML5 games from some of the biggest internet players. Here are some examples: Angry Birds – Google Cut the Rope – Microsoft BrowserQuest – Mozilla Firefox   OK! Let’s Make Some Games We are…

The 28th Graduation of Game Design

ll graduated with honours. Next, during a short break, parents, friends and family members were invited up to the 2nd floor production space, where they could see the area that the students’ final projects were created, play the games they made and have some snacks and refreshments. After the break, the Awards show began… Project Design Instructors Andrew Laing and Chris Mitchell presented the Best Game Concept Award; an award that lo…

A Conversation With… GD Alumni John Brunkhart

s in Champaign, Illinois to be an Associate Designer. Recently we had a chance to catch up with him… What inspired you to come to study game design? I had been talking with a friend about an MMO (City of Heroes) we both played, and how we would improve it. On a whim, I went to the publisher’s website and saw they had an opening for a game designer. I jokingly suggested that I would get a job as a designer there, work my way up, and fix the…

Graduation and Awards Show for the 30th class of Game Design

ho graduated with honours. Next, during a short break, parents, friends and family members were invited up to the 2nd floor production space, where they could see the area that the students’ final projects were created, play the games they made and have some snacks and refreshments. After the break, the Awards show began… Project Design Instructor Chris Mitchell and Game Design TA Brant Stutheit presented the first award, Best Game Co…