VFS Game Design Students in Global Game Jam!

Global Game Jam 2014 is over!

Hello! I’m Nicha and I’ll be your VFS Game Jam Reporter! I’m going to showcase all of the work by the VFS students and the alumni team! :3

There were 4 groups jammin’ in the global event this year!

 

The theme of Global Game Jam 2014 was…

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

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Winter Break 7 days 7 games

Happy new year and happy new term!

We are Team Flip from GD34. Daniel – level designer, Semin – Programmer, Nicha – Artist.

We are going to start developing the idea of our final project next term (Term4), so we planned to do a little exercise during our longggggggggggggggg winter break.

During the first week of winter break, we had a mini project called “7 Days 7 Games”, which means we made one game per day.

It’s for design exercise and learning new tools, trying new things. It’s quite tough to do a non-stop 7 day game jam, but it’s great valuable experience!

We also published our games on our website too. Please feel free to visit our site and have fun~!
http://7games.semplay.net/ 

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Level Design, Game Programming, or Game Art?

It’s about time to choose streams now.

The time flies so fast. 4 months passed, since I have studied here.
Term 2 is going end. Term 3 with more specialized courses is coming.
To become more specialized in each game development’s field, VFS let us choose 2 major streams in term 3.
We still have other Game Design courses, but these ones allow us to go deeper in areas we are interested in.

We have to choose 2 from the following available 3 streams

1. Level Design: More level design on UDK and also game environment design in Unity. We are going to get our hands on these tools and level design tips!

   

 2. Game Programming: Advance programming in c# with more complex topics such as AI, network, etc. And a course for HTML5.

       

3. Game Art: More on 3D modelling and lighting techniques. The most artistic courses!

 

In Team management class, teacher Rick Davidson (GD02) reminded everyone about “specializing”. This course really clicks everyone’s passion and also motivates us.

He told us to think about and write down what we really want to do, and what we want to be, and MAKE THIS STICK! DO IT! GO FOR IT!

For me, I choose level design and Game Art, because they are the top two things I love to do. I have found out that I enjoy doing the assignments of both Level Design and Game Art courses.

In conclusion,

“Choose what you are passionate about”

You have to work hard on the assignments in your chosen stream. You are going to make your portfolio and go to work in these fields.

May the passion be with you! :D


Nicha Jaijadesuk is Game Design student at VFS, and a winner of the Women in Games Scholarship

Game Design Campus Sneak Peek!

Helloooo! This is a great time.

Regularly, we do not allow any strangers to come into our campus.

However, today I am going to take you on a tour!

Come on! Let’s go in!

First of all, to get into the building, we have to pass this double security door. It needs a VFS key card and password.

In order to access each area in the school, it requires keycards at almost every door!

(Sometimes, when I go off the campus to buy some food, I forget my keycard.
Then, I cannot get back into the building. LOL That was a great lesson for me.)

Anyway, Let’s start at the 3rd floor!

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A 5 minute walk around the game design campus

Hi, my name is Nicha. I am from Thailand. I have been studying at VFS for a couple months now.

The Game Design Campus is located in the heart of Chinatown, just East of downtown Vancouver. I really like where our game design campus is, because it is so convenient! Today, I will show you a few convenient places near our 88 East Pender campus. It takes no more than 5 minutes on foot.

Let’s Go!

Only 1/2 block away to the east

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Meet Women in Games Scholarship winners Jaymee Mak and Nicha Jaijadesuk

A couple of weeks ago, our latest winners of the Women in Games Scholarship winners started the Game Design program at VFS.  We asked Jaymee Mak and Nicha Jaijadesuk to sit down with each other and introduce themselves to our GD community, here’s the result…

Jaymee: Hello, Nicha.

Nicha: Hi, Jaymee! How are you?

J: Goooood.

N: Is this the first time you have studied overseas?

J: Yeah, but when I was in Australia I traveled interstate for university.

N: Oh That’s great, for me this is the first time. I have never been in an international environment like this before.

J: So, haven’t you travel oversea before?

N: Nope, I used to travel overseas but it’s just for travel.

J: So, what do you think about it?

N: It is very exciting. There are new environments, new friends, new culture, new food. I love it! Just some problem for a non-native English speaker like me, the first week of studies was a tough time for me, I think my English still needs to be improved. Sometimes I cannot catch my friends’ words, and I have to ask them to repeat it again.
(Sorry guys.) Anyway, this week, I feel I am getting better and better now!

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Congratulations to 2013’s Women In Games Scholarship Winners

Women in Games Scholarship Winners

Each year VFS awards an outstanding candidate the Women in Game Scholarship to the Game Design program, which sets them on the way to being next generation game designers. But this year, for the 5th Annual edition, there is a bit of a surprise — the candidates were so impressive that we awarded it to four of them!

Pictured above, from left to right are:  Janel Jolly of Canada, Jaymee Mak of Australia, Anna Prein from Russia and Nicha Jaijadesuk of Thailand.

Two winners will be arriving in April, and the other two will be arriving in June. All of the winners of the scholarship will be sharing their experience with everybody by way of blog posts to Arcade. You can read the posts of the current Women in Games Scholarship winner Kristina Soltvedt from Norway (who will graduate from VFS this June) here. Previous winners Shannon Lee of Canada, (now at BigPark Games), Annie Dickerson from USA, (currently at Grantoo), and Larissa Baptista from Brazil, (who won a Unity Award for best Student game and is currently with DeNa Studios) have graduated and are now making their mark in the games industry.

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