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

9 Ways to Market Your App Without a Budget

Marketing isn’t just for developers with money! For any company to succeed they have to make as many people as possible aware of their product. But is there anything you can do if you don’t have a budget or any staff? Turns out, yes there is!

In this video Tobiah Zarlez, Game Evangelist at Microsoft will give you 9 ways you can market your app as a developer for free!
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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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Be Indie Now 51: Epic Skater

 

In this episode I interview Andy Gentile and Todd Wahoske, both of whom worked on the mobile game “Epic Skater”

Andy and Todd came to indie game development after working at a major studio, and they shared with me their interesting journey on how this game was created.
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New training videos for Unity 5 and the Kinect

Hey everybody!

Recently fellow Evangelists Katherine Harris, Adina Shanholtz and myself went to GaymerX3 and spoke on Unity 5 and Kinect development.

We did a basic tutorial of Unity 5 game development, as well as how to use the Kinect as the Controller for your Unity 5 game.

We put versions of both of those talks on Channel 9. So if you’d like a basic overview of Unity 5, or want to know more about using the Kinect with your Unity 5 project, check out these videos! Continue reading New training videos for Unity 5 and the Kinect

Be Indie Now 50: Will Hellwarth

Hey everyone! This episode of Be Indie Now has been a long time coming. I recorded it many months ago, before my daughter was born. However, I did not have time to put the episode together before the big day. Since then I had taken a break and not been able to keep releasing updates at the pace I did before.

Have no fear though, Be Indie Now is back! Starting with this “almost lost” episode where I interview Will Hellwarth from Goodbyeworld Games.

This will be the last episode of 2015. If you are interested in being a guest on the show in 2016, let me know!

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