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IGDA NYC Game Dev Digest – February 2023

New York – New York City

| 19 Feb 2023

 


Your monthly guide to NYC game dev news, jobs, and events.

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Thursday, February 16th, 2023
Editor: Mattia Sicuro
A monthly publication of the International Game Developers Association New York City Chapter for the NYC game community.
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In this issue:

What’s on | Highlights of upcoming events.

Chapter Events | Meetups, talks, and other events we’re hosting.

#NYMakesGames News | Game launches and other updates from local creators.

Around Town | A community calendar of events from across the city.

Jobs & Opportunities | The latest posts from our notice boards.

IGDA Resources | Discounts and other benefits for IGDA members.

Chapter Resources | Where to go for more info.

What’s On This Month

  • On February 17th, Black Web Fest is hosting an in-person Black History Month Game Jam! This event provides early-career and aspiring game developers with an opportunity to build a playable game, learn from industry experts and connect with the community! Free food will be provided throughout the event as well as prizes.

On the Horizon

  • Unity NYC at Microsoft is back! Unity NYC aims to meet the needs of Unity users in the NYC area – including creators, developers, artists, designers, musicians and others – by providing high-quality networking as well as educational and professional resources to both amateurs and professionals alike.

  • The Unreleased Games Arcade hosted by Gaming Pathways is an opportunity for individual designers and companies to show off and get feedback on games currently in development: students will come to City College on March 11th to play the games, speak with their designers, and learn more about the game design process one-on-one! Apply to exhibit here

News and updates from the mothership.

  • Dr. Jakin Vela released his February Letter from the Executive Director! Watch the video or read the letter to stay updated on what’s happening at the IGDA!

  • GDC is just around the corner & IGDA members can save 10% on select passes! Come together to exchange ideas, solve problems, and shape the industry’s future across 5 days of education, inspiration, & networking! Check out all IGDA activities here

  • Voting for the 2023 IGDA Board of Directors Elections are open through February 25th. All eligible members can vote and see more info about the candidates on the IGDA Elections page

  • As part of the mission to support and empower game developers worldwide, the IGDA has collaborated with Aggregage to announce the launch of a new resource for games industry professionals: Game Developers Network, a collection of industry leadership in the form of blogs, webinars, and downloadable resources, on one convenient website. Learn more at https://gamedevelopersnetwork.com

  • The IGDA Game Credits SIG’s survey to understand how game developers feel toward game crediting is still accepting responses! Take 5-minutes to fill it out here

Monday Afternoon Co-Working on Discord

IGDA NYC Discord

Every Monday, 1pm – 4pm

Come join us at our new regular co-working hours on our Discord channel!

We’ll be working camera optional/mic off on the Events Voice Channel. But our new Lounge Channel will be right next door for anyone who wants to show off what they’re working on, ask some questions, or just hang out.

Join the Discord!

Taco Tuesday with Coexist!

*RSVP Required*
Coexist Gamehouse

Tue, Feb 21st @ 6:30pm

Join us at the Coexist Gamehouse for a casual social with Tacos, games, drinks and music!

RSVP here required for free entry!

NY Makes Games!

Celebrating work by the NYC game dev community.

Share your NY game news here or tweet #NYMakesGames.
Section Editor: Mattia Sicuro

Making Waves

  • Wonderville is now accepting submissions for their Spring 2023 Pico-8 residency! In conjunction with Death By Audio Arcade, a game will be selected to be featured on their custom Pico-8 arcade cabinet from March – May 2023. Have a game you wanna see in arcade format? Submit here!

  • Playtest Thursday at the NYU Game Center is returning for the Spring 2023 semester and remains open to the general public! Fill out the this Google Form to request access to the Playtest Thursday guest list

  • Computer Lunch’s mobile game, Cell To Singularity’s first round of limited-time events have come to a close, but new content is on the horizon! Vote on topics you’d like to see more of in the community form here!

  • Our friends over at IGDA Twin Cities hosted Mac Kendema, who spoke about his journey moving within the game industry from the midwest U.S. to Japan! Check out the recording here!

  • Talks from the 2022 Game Devs of Color Expo are continuing to roll out! Check out the GDoCExpo Youtube channel each week to catch up on all of the most recent talks.

Playtest

  • The Haunting of You – In a gentrified Brooklyn, a group of ghosts has descended upon your house. They want your bodies and their home back! Solve puzzles from ghosts to gain their trust and assistance as you traverse between Limbo and the World of the Living.

Early Access/Beta

Pre-Order/Wishlist

  • Rosewater by Grundislav Games – A thrilling Western adventure in the alternate 19th century world of Lamplight City! Embark on a harrowing journey across the frontier with Harley Leger and her ragtag posse, encountering bandits, rebels, visionaries, eccentrics, and many more friends and foes on your quest for fame and riches.

  • Unwound by Wirescribe Group – Lose yourself in a surreal candyland adventure about transformation and escapism.

Launched

  • PocketCiv by Baby Marsupial Creations – A solitaire civilization tabletop game.

  • Skirmish Society by Andy Wallace – Played online and in Discord, Skirmish Society is a game of diplomacy and espionage that turns your DMs into marching orders.

  • Tower Escape by Final Screw – Tower Escape is a reverse tower defense game, where instead of defending against incoming enemies, you play the baddies and guide your minions to the exit.

  • Plenty of local sites were busy jamming for Global Game Jam 2023, check out some of the various projects below!

Ongoing Initiatives

  • Applications to join GUMBO are open! GUMBO is a non-profit collective of indie game creators located in Dumbo, Brooklyn formed to inspire and motivate each other, stay current in the indie game makers community, and expand an already amazing skill-sharing network.

  • In support of Wonderville, consider becoming a member of Death By Audio Arcade to earn discounts on event tickets, help the team raise funds to build new arcade cabinets and make other cool things happen with local game devs!

  • ANNY Exchange is a Talent Connect Initiative for Animation Nights New York. Want to participate and be added to the database of Animation Talent from all around the world? More info here

  • Want to show your Pico-8 game at Wonderville? Submit to the curation team here!

  • Animation Nights New York (ANNY) is always accepting submissions for Animated Short Films, AR Animation Experiences, VR animation Experiences, and Interactive Media (including Video Games). More info here

  • Coexist Gaming is a subscription-based gaming lifestyle company that provides an inclusive ecosystem for community, culture, connection and opportunity. Including a gaming lounge, optimized networking experiences and accessible resources for Devs, find out more and become a member here!
  • Women in Games NYC has begun hosting monthly meetups! Keep an eye on their meetup page for all upcoming details as space is limited

Explore #NYMakesGames on Twitter
Around Town

Happenings in the NYC game dev community and beyond.

Unless otherwise noted, events are (probably!) free to attend. Follow @GameDevNYC for event alerts. Contact nyc@igda.org to add your org’s events.

Wednesday, February 1st

NYC Indie Games Social – The NYC Indie Games social is a monthly gathering for indie game devs of all stripes to mix and mingle in a casual, relaxed setting.

Tuesday, February 14th

Play to Win at Wonderville – A show where you can finally fight the comics (at fighting games.) After every comic’s set, play them at a fighting game for a chance to win a free drink.

Wednesday, February 15th

Building and Using Virtual Reality in Education (VR in Education) – Connect with educators, developers and others in the space to discuss effective ways of developing and implementing VR in educational spaces.

Thursday, February 16th

Monthly Thursdays with Hacker Hours – Free office hours for coding help—any programming language, all levels of experience!

Friday, February 17th

Lucidian @ the NYU Game Center – In this special event, Lucidian, a mega-game crafted for an educational context about teamwork, leadership and communication, will be a standalone experience at the NYU Game Center

Black History Month Game Jam Hosted by Black Web Fest – This game jam provides early-career and aspiring game developers with an opportunity to build a playable game, learn from industry experts and connect with the community!

Tuesday, February 21st

Taco Tuesday with Coexist – Join Coexist for a casual social with Tacos, games, drinks and music!

Sunday, February 26th

Virtual Sundays with Hacker Hours – Free office hours for coding help—any programming language, all levels of experience!

Tuesday, February 28th

Wonderville’s last Tuesday of the Month Playtest – Come to Wonderville to playtest in production games! No signups required.

AWE Night NYC – A monthly meetup for Augmented Reality enthusiasts!

Recurring Weekly

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Sundays

View NYC Game Dev Calendar
Jobs and Opportunities

Recent jobs, internships, scholarships, grants, exhibitions, and other opportunities.

View or submit a listing for free.

Jobs

Education

  • Games for Change is partnering with Unity on a series of workshops to empower educators to build the next generation of lifelong creators in real-time 3D development. Middle and high school educators will come to learn best practices for teaching and implementing Unity in their classrooms, and receive hands-on training from experts. Sign up to receive information on dates and priority registration here!

Exhibit/Speak/Publish

  • The Unreleased Games Arcade hosted by Gaming Pathways is an opportunity for individual designers and companies to show off and get feedback on games currently in development: students will come to City College on March 11th to play the games, speak with their designers, and learn more about the game design process one-on-one! Apply to exhibit here

  • Spring Thing is an annual festival for new works of interactive fiction. Submit an Intent to Enter here [Deadline March 1st, 2023]

  • Wonderville is accepting submissions for their Spring 2023 Pico-8 residency! In conjunction with Death By Audio Arcade, a game will be selected to be featured on their custom Pico-8 arcade cabinet from March – May 2023. Have a game you wanna see in arcade format? Submit here!

Funding/Programs/Contests

  • New York Music Month (NYMM), an initiative of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), is the annual June celebration of New York’s vibrant and diverse music scene. This year, MOME is looking for people to create and produce events for NYMM in June that can be online or in-person and should emphasize thought leadership, artist and business career development, as well as topics that honor and support the diverse NYC music ecosystem. Depending on the type of program, MOME is able to provide funding. Apply here [Deadline March 1, 2023]

  • The Qweerty Gamers Victoria Kennedy Grants program strives to advance visibility and representation in the global gaming and media industry. Submitted projects must aim to help shape a more inclusive LGBTQIA+ environment, themes or narratives within the gaming industry. Apply here [Deadline Feb, 24th, 2023]

View Jobs & Opportunities Board (Currently under construction)

Benefits for IGDA members.

Join here. Log in for all member discount codes and details.

  • Event discounts: IGDA Members save 10% on tickets to GI Live: Online – visit the Discounts page for details!

  • Education discounts: 10% off all General Assembly classes and workshops. Browse NYC classes.

  • Software discounts: 20% off Buildbox. Details.

  • IGDA Career Center: Job listings open to all; early access for members. Careers.igda.org

  • IGDA Crowdfunding Collection: Member projects featured on Kickstarter. Submit.

Browse IGDA member benefits
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