We have a change to our session schedule - "What is a Player Champion" by Romana Ramzan will be replaced by
We've announced the finalists for the AltDev Student Showcase already, but we keep talking about the expert judges who are going to be giving their feedback and deciding who will be going home with the Grand Prizes that Unity Technologies have put up. So, it's time to introduce the judges!
We offered speakers the opportunity to do some shorter sessions, following more of a microtalk format, and here they are. George Kokoris - The Cutting Room Floor Session - Game design schools usually spend a little time teaching students about scope, but it's not always given the importance it really deserves. Scope can make or […]
Knowing how to get your start in the industry can be tough. There's no one fixed route to ensure that you get hired - if getting hired is even your aim. In this panel session, we've assembled some recent entrants into the world of professional video game development who have various points of view. Click through for more information.
Next up is Brandii Grace with a session called "The Intern's Secret Survival Guide": I hear the same tragic story over and over: You finally landed an internship at a major game company! You just know this is your "big break" and can't wait to get to work! Problem is... no one has given you […]
Next up in our ongoing speaker highlights is Rebecca Fernandez, from Australia. Rebecca and a group of friends set up her own company, and she'll be talking about that process in a session titled "Starting and running a company, from a programmer's perspective." Almost two years ago now, my friends and I decided to start […]
The AltDev Student Showcase, sponsored by Unity Technologies, is shaping up to be an excellent part of the AltDev Student Summit. In this post, we announce the 6 finalists that will be presenting live as part of the showcase. Click through for the full list!
We are absolutely delighted to announce our second keynote speaker for the AltDev Student Summit - Jen MacLean. Jen's session promises to be an excellent recap of her career to date, and is titled "From Playtester to CEO". Click through for more information.
One of the things we wanted to do with the AltDev Student Summit was to shine a light into some of the less rockstar-ish roles that rarely get attention - the roadies of the industry. In that vein, Alex Crouzen will be speaking about "A 'typical' day in the life of a Tools Programmer/Build Master" […]
Erik Johnson should be familiar to those of you who attended AltDevConf Prime back in February where he presented a very well received session. He's back for the Student Summit to talk about "A Day in the Life of an Indie PR Guy". Read on for more details!
Today we're announcing our first keynote speaker for the AltDev Student Summit. We wanted to find someone who was inspirational, a great speaker, and also had a good working knowledge of the realities of both the industry and gamedev education. Ian Schreiber more than meets all of these criteria, and we're delighted that he is […]
Our next speaker is Kate Edwards, who will be presenting a session that we're really excited for, since it definitely counts as something that would never be taught. Kate's session is called "Creating Games for Global Players - Considering Localization & Culturalization". How can you instantly multiply the potential revenue of any game title? What […]
Up next is Jeff Ward, who needs little introduction. Jeff is going to be talking as part of our "All the Things You'll Never Be Taught" track on a subject that seems to have him quite fired up! It's called "OOP Is the Root of All Evil". Most colleges now teach OOP languages and OOP […]
Today we want to introduce you to Romana Ramzan, from Scottish indie studio Denki. Romana will be speaking as part of the "A Day in the Life of..." track, talking about "A Day in the Life of a Player Champion". Game company checklist: Programmer? Check. Artist? Check. Producer? Check. Player Champion? A what!? Find out […]
The next speaker to say hello to is Andy Schmoll. Andy wears more hats in the Vienna games industry than we can list here, but the one she's going to be speaking about as part of our "Day in the Life of..." sessions is the role of "Head of Communication" for Broken Rules in a […]
Education doesn't end after college. In this session for the AltDev Student Summit, Jay Margalus and Phil Tibitoski will explain why, and what steps you should be taking to ensure you always know what you need to know. Read on for more info.
Dustin Clingman is the first speaker we want to introduce you to. We're very pleased to have Dustin as a speaker at the AltDev Student Summit, which you can now register for right now! Mark your diaries for November 10th/11th and come hear Dustin talk to you about "Managing Up". You've got the skills and […]
Last week we announced that as part of the AltDev Student Summit we would be holding a competition for students called the AltDev Student Showcase, but what's a competition without prizes!?
The AltDev Student Summit is a chance for students, regardless of location, to engage with veteran game developers from some of the best companies around the world and learn first-hand what being a part of our industry is really like. It will take place November 10th and 11th, and is all held online, through Google's […]
The AltDev Student Summit will be held November 10th and 11th, with the aim of bringing industry veterans together to explain to students the reality of life making games. Individually, many of us already do outreach to local education programs to provide these kinds of insights, so the Student Summit aims to centralise this effort […]
It's now been almost four months since we held the first AltDevConf, and although things have continued to be absolutely hectic in that time, it felt like it was well past time to post a summary of the event, as well as lay out our plans for the future. AltDevConf 2012 The first ever AltDevConf […]
I LOVE working in the studio, I really do. I love the freedom it affords me. I love trying to create games that I want to play! I also really love having a cerabal cortex, so I left the studio life and learned biz magic. I make a really good living in biz, I LOVE […]
We are pleased to present the recorded AltDevConf 2012 videos to the game development community! Thank you again to all of our talented speakers, the dedicated volunteers who make this event happen, Confetti Inc. for sponsorship, and everyone who attended and interacted during the airing of the conference! I'd like to extend additional thanks to […]
Allow me to introduce you to Wolfgang Engel, Igor Lobanchikov, and Tim Martin, from the Programming Track. Their talk: “Dynamic Global Illumination”. Wolfgang and Igor will be presenting this one. What will it be about? From Wolfgang: _____________________________________________________ Dynamic Global Illumination with a large number of light sources. We have implemented a GI system based on Light Propagation Volumes […]
With AltDevConf around the corner, we are all busy with preparations to make sure it becomes a success. I would like to announce Mike Acton‘s talk titled “Game Tools as a WebApp: Lessons from Insomniac’s Next-Gen Tools and Engine”. Mike's talk addresses a tools design framework, that might make a couple of challenges easier in […]
With AltDevConf around the corner, we are all busy with preparations to make sure it becomes a success. In the mean time, we still have a few more talks to announce properly, next up in the pipeline is John McCutchan's talk titled "Control, Configure, Monitor and View Your Game Engine From the Web".
There are only 2 days to go before AltDevConf! With the conference around the corner it's time to finish unveiling all the details of the program we have put together. Today I'm pleased to present the next three speakers in our lineup for the Programming track: Matthieu Laban, Philippe Rollin and Miguel de Icaza. Together they will present a joint talk titled "Cross Platform Development in C#: From Windows Phone to iOS with MonoTouch".
We're getting very close to the conference now, so in Education we're counting down with our last couple of speaker introductions. Ken Fee is a games industry veteran with a track record starting with Lemmings at DMA Design. Ken later joined the teaching faculty at the University of Abertay Dundee, where he acts as Programme Tutor for the degree of Professional Masters in Games Development. This session will look at the way that the Abertay programme is structured. As the first institution in the UK to be recognised as a "Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Educations", there is a lot to be learnt from analysing what Abertay does and the ethos with which they approach the challenge of providing complete education for future game dev professionals.
Today I'm really pleased to properly introduce you to another of our speakers for the Education track of the AltDevConf: Heather Decker-Davis. Heather's session is titled "More Than Software and Theory", and covers the kinds of activities that educators can try to get their students involved in, in order to make them truly part of the wider development community. She will talk about the values that we should be trying to impart as we bring through the next generation of game development talent.
Next up in our ongoing series of speaker highlights for AltDevConf, I’m pleased to introduce Alex Darby, our second featured speaker for Education Track.
Alex Darby is the Technical Course Lead of Gamer Camp at Birmingham City University’s New Technology Institute in the United Kingdom. He has worked in the industry since 1996 as both a programmer and a designer, and was a founding member of FreeStyleGames – the studio that created DJ Hero.
This is my first post here on AltDevBlogADay, and I am both blessed and honored to bring you some potentially industry changing information. This has been almost a week in the making. I was hoping for a solidified logo to post with this report, but one has not been firmly decided on as of the […]
In what I hope becomes a regular feature, we gather around in a Google Hangout to try our first Virtual Panel. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdu9YTmFD9A&w=420&h=315] For our first panel it was suggested we don't set an agenda and open it up to all AltDevBlog authors. Richard is working on a transcript, but as he says he talks […]