1. The 8th annual Life Love Game Design Challenge is now live and accepting applications through June 1st.  Please see http://jenniferann.org/2015-life-love-game-design-challenge.htm for more details.  This is an amazing international event each year, and some of the past entries have been truly inspiring.
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  2. KSU and CCSE are happy to host the following...

    Speaker: Richard Austin
    Subject: “Raspberry Pi Attacks! When bad things come in small packages”
    When: April 8, 2015
    Time: 7:30pm
    Place: J-262

    There will still be pizza and refreshments provided.
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  3. Please join me in congratulating the new officers for the Game Development Club at KSU (formerly SPSU).  These are the folks that you should contact if you have interest in joining the club...
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  4. Game Design and Development Club is hosting a gaming tournament on Friday March 20th, 2015.

    The game will be SMITE by Hi-Rez Studios.

    KSU (Marietta Campus) Smite Event:

    Gamemode - Joust Tournament (3v3)
    Date - March 20, 2015
    Time - 4:00pm
    Location - Atrium Building RM. J202 (Game Lab)

    Prizes -
    1st Place: Ultimate God Pack + 3000 Gems
    2nd Place: 3000 Gems
    3rd Place: 2000 Gems
    4th or Lower : 1000 Gems

    For more information, email SPSUSmite@gmail.com
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  5. Attention middle and high school students, here are two events you will be interested to know about...

    Young Game Developers workshop March 14

    The GGDA and Microsoft are sponsoring at Young Game Developers workshop March 14 at the Microsoft offices. Aimed primarily at K-12 students, this workshop focuses on giving students skills and insight into what it takes to make real games.

    Schedule

    9:00 am to 11:00 am - Classes (Minecraft API and Project Spark)
    11:00 am to 3:30 pm - Classes (Scratch, Unity and Construct2 Classes)
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch (to be provided)
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Demo time! Kids who want to demo their games can do so at this time.
    Registration
    Please come early to get set up and familiarize yourself with the facilities.

    Tickets
    Ticket price is to ensure attendance for the event. All proceeds will be donated by Playcrafting to GirlsWhoCode.One ticket is for you and your child. For children participating unattended, please ensure they have ID and emergency contact information. You need a ticket for EACH class.

    Here is the Eventbrite:, which is your official way to reserve a seat

    http://www.eventbrite.com/e/young-game-makers-atlanta-march-tickets-15897867951

    Also it is up on this site :

    www.younggamemakers.com
    Also...

    Games and Film College Fair April 17

    The GGDA is proud to announce its Games and Film College Fair, April 17 at the Atlanta Media Campus in Norcross. Come meet colleges and universities offering game and/or film programs, attend STEM/STEAM sessions on making games and films, and see some of the most creative studios in Atlanta demonstrating their titles. The college runs from 9 am to 1 pm, and is sure to be as great an event as our annual SIEGE College Fairs.

    If you are interested in attending or displaying at the Games and Film College Fair, please contact info@ggda.org

    Atlanta Media Campus

    6305 Crescent Drive, Norcross, GA 30071

    From I85 North – take exit 99 (Jimmy Carter Blvd) and take a left off the exit. Go past Papadeaux on the right and through one light; the second light will be the Crescent Drive intersection. Take a left onto Crescent Drive and follow the road past the Police Precinct on the left. The parking entrance will be the second turn on your right.

    From I85 South – take exit 99 (Jimmy Carter Blvd) and take a right off the exit. Go past Papadeaux on the right and through one light; the second light will be the Crescent Drive intersection. Take a left onto Crescent Drive and follow the road past the Police Precinct on the left. The parking entrance will be the second turn on your right.

    From Button Gwinnett Dr/Pleasantdale Rd – From Pleasantdale, take a right onto Button Gwinnett (this runs parallel to 85). Take a right onto Crescent Drive and follow it until you see the building. The parking entrance will be the first turn on your left.
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  6. There was a recent article on Gamasutra that succinctly describes the basics of setting up and getting connected for Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony console development.  Check it out if you're in the process of setting up your development for these spaces.
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  7. HPCC Systems has been selected as a host/mentor site for the Google Summer of Code.  You can find more info about this exciting opportunity and learn how to participate by attending their online info session next week, Wednesday March 11.  See their HPCC Community Forum for all links/posts.
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  8. For all your 2D texture atlas needs, check out https://www.codeandweb.com/texturepacker.  Jesse Freeman led a group of speakers diving deep on Amazon Fire TV development at GDC today, and this nifty little tool was referenced.  It's cross platform and works with most/many frameworks such as Unity2D, Cocos2D, SpriteKit, AndEngine, MonoGame, etc.  This developer also has a similar tool for physics properties that exports to Box2D and Unity (among other frameworks).  There is a trial period, but you can also license it for $40 or $50 (if you bundle the physics and texture tools).

    Hopefully this will save you some time, especially if you are doing quick prototyping and need to quickly build a sprite atlas from many sprites.

    Enjoy!
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  9. Congrats to Georgia for moving closer to renewing the game/media tax credits.  The Atlanta Business Chronicle has a good summary of recent updates.  This is good news for our industry and the companies, students, and people of GA.  Thanks to the GGDA and everyone involved in the effort.

    UPDATE - The GA Legislature voted unanimously today (3/4/15) to extend the tax credits for three more years.
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  10. The first annual Home Depot Code-Athlon was a great success this past weekend.  We had six teams and excellent support from Home Depot technical experts on hand throughout Friday and Saturday.

    The following three teams took home prizes including wireless drones, Raspberry Pi dev kits, and Chromecasts:
    • 1st place: Team "Why Can’t We Be Friends" - Shah Zafrani, Vodrie Cohen, Brandon Hopewell, Thomas Schnabel, Drew Forbes
    • 2nd place: Team "Apron Ally" - Calvin Nix, Oscar Perez, Eric Plascencia, Alex Estrada
    • 3rd place: Team "Dynamite" - Preston Waters, Philip Blankenship, Hunter Green Justin Morris, Anthony Onukwuli
    Teams developed apps focused on retail customer care and connecting customers to retail associates.  These included apps to schedule help from associates, allow users to determine a "needed parts" list based upon DiY project type, path planning to get items from the store in the quickest way possible, and inventory management.

    Congrats to all the teams and participants, and thank you to Home Depot for sponsoring!

        


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