Tool Jam: Invent the tools of tomorrow. May 13th-15th

Game developers will gather in San Francisco on May 13-15 for Tool Jam, a three day hackathon for creating the next generation of game development tools.

What is Tool Jam?

Tool Jam is a weekend hackathon to create software tools to help game developers.

Developers of all sizes, backgrounds, and budgets face the same technical roadblocks and challenges. It might be as simple as a common repetitive tasks that could be automated, or as big as a major technical roadblock for next generation AR/VR development.

Instead of creating a prototype or pitching a concept, we are bringing together people to create tools that will help developers immediately. From something small like a generalized code template, to something more complicated like a SDK that might become the new industry standard. Continue reading Tool Jam: Invent the tools of tomorrow. May 13th-15th

Free “Thank You for Playing” screening May 9th in San Francisco

Indie Game Developers of Silicon Valley Meetup group presents: A free screening of “Thank You For Playing” with filmmaker Q&A afterwards.

What is “Thank You for Playing”?

“Thank You for Playing” is a documentary of the indie game “That Dragon, Cancer”

The game is an autobiographical story of about Joel Green. Joel is the son of indie game developers Ryan and Amy Green. Together they created a unique game about their emotional journey raising Joel as he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Continue reading Free “Thank You for Playing” screening May 9th in San Francisco

Your Xbox One is now a dev kit

Just announced at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco, you can now develop and test you Universal Windows Applications on your retail Xbox One!

Available for preview starting today, this summer’s Anniversary Update will enable any retail xbox one to become a dev kit.

According to the ID@Xbox twitter account:


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Global Game Jam 2016 starts this weekend!

This weekend is the Global Game Jam 2016!

I hope that you will all join me in making a game over the weekend, and if you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area you should join me in person at the Microsoft Reactor!

RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Indie-Game-Developers-of-Silicon-Valley/events/227471892/

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GDC Vault Highlight: The Universe: How To Break The Game

Part eight in my series of highlighting free talks from Game Developers Conference 2015!

What is the GDC Vault?

The GDC Vault is a collection of (most of the) talks at various GDC events. Talks from last March’s GDC 2015 are online and you can watch them when ever you want! If you have an all access, speaker or media badge you get access to the complete vault. Otherwise, there is an extra charge. However, each year they release certain talks for free. I wanted to highlight some of my favorite talks from this year that are available for everybody to watch for free.

The Universe: How To Break The Game

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GDC Vault Highlight: Less is More: Designing Awesome AI

Part seven in my series of highlighting free talks from Game Developers Conference 2015!

What is the GDC Vault?

The GDC Vault is a collection of (most of the) talks at various GDC events. Talks from last March’s GDC 2015 are online and you can watch them when ever you want! If you have an all access, speaker or media badge you get access to the complete vault. Otherwise, there is an extra charge. However, each year they release certain talks for free. I wanted to highlight some of my favorite talks from this year that are available for everybody to watch for free.

Less is More: Designing Awesome AI

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GDC Vault Highlight: Less is More: Designing Awesome AI

Part seven in my series of highlighting free talks from Game Developers Conference 2015!

What is the GDC Vault?

The GDC Vault is a collection of (most of the) talks at various GDC events. Talks from last March’s GDC 2015 are online and you can watch them when ever you want! If you have an all access, speaker or media badge you get access to the complete vault. Otherwise, there is an extra charge. However, each year they release certain talks for free. I wanted to highlight some of my favorite talks from this year that are available for everybody to watch for free.

Less is More: Designing Awesome AI

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Apple’s WWDC15 Announcements

Yesterday was the first day of Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference 2015, or “WWDC15”.

They announced a few new products, but it was mostly updates for their apps and operating systems.

I thought since so many people enjoyed my twitter summary of Build announcements, I would make a similar collection of tweets for WWDC15.

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