Digital Gaming and Simulation

March 28, 2009

I was almost resigned to have to move or go online to been able to study a Game Development Course here in Houston, until yesterday I found this: The Digital Gaming and Simulation Department on HCC Southwest.

The paths on the HCC degrees usually have a lot of Core Curriculum classes, but this is not the case, almost 90% of the classes are games focused and that is something that makes this course a good choice for those willing to step into the Games industry and not waste your time taking miscellaneous classes.

Now, let me note that everyone tells you that to succeed on the Video Game industry you should have a wide range of interests and studies, and I encourage you to do so, but in only two years you can get a degree on video games, and you have spent that time only focused on producing and delivering games, not only grades.

I can see this course in my future very clear, let’s just hope everything goes as expected.


Ten Tips to be a Game Designer

March 21, 2009

Yesterday I came across this article on Game Career Guide website about the ten things you should be doing or practicing to become a Game Designer and I couldn’t resist the temptation to see what I’ve already done and what is remaining in my path to become one. So let’s start with it.

1. Write a game design document: No, I haven’t done this yet and is probably the first one I should do on the list, although I’m still writing the story for the Graphic Adventure Game I have in mind, maybe I could merge those two.

2. Build a 3D level: No, haven’t done it, and I’m guessing it will be a really time consuming task, for now I’m going to push it back a little more.

3. Write a game script: The article means coding in this case and I can say I did this, so is one Yes on the list. Check.

4. Make a game, or a mod: Done it, another yes, whohoo!

5. Learn to mock things up in flash: Hmmm, this is a difficult one, I used to do thing in flash a while ago, but I’m using other things now like GameMaker, but I think it will count as a yes. Check.

6. Be an enabler: Well, I guess other people should be more qualified to say this about me, but all in all I think I belong to this kind of people.

7. Dissect games and their mechanics, even bad ones: Oh yes, I do this a lot, maybe I don’t put it in writing, which I should be doing in some degree, but this is another Yes.

8. Build an online portfolio: In the process, in the process. Check.

9. Work on your communication skills: Well, this blog is just that so I can say I’m doing it, also with other several activities I’m doing like going to College and posting on other English and Spanish blogs as well.

10. Learn something new every day: Hell Yeah! And I encourage anyone to do the same no matter what are you doing or your dreams are.

Result: 2 No’s and 8 Yes’

Hey, not that bad eh!? Well I guess I should be focusing my efforts on writing a GDD and doing some 3D stuff to have it all, not to worry really, but fun stuff to do anyway.

Game on! Art in a game

March 14, 2009

Video Games are Art? I say YES, and a lot of other people is with me, but as the definition of art is still to be decided too much people still thinks that video games are just that childish thing that make kids go out killing others or adoring the devil.

Well is good to know that around the globe more and more there’s people putting this type of events together so we can see and hear stories about artists making games.

This time the event is going to be in Buenos Aires and the name of it is Game on! Art in a game. For those that have the opportunity to assist I’m sure it will be a good experience, not only because you’re going to discover a part of video games that you didn’t think exists, but because you’re going to find the best of the best of the Video Game Scene of Argentina, one that is growing immensely the last years and is getting worldwide noticing for its achievements.

Street Fighter: The Later Years

March 7, 2009

I’m having my midterms this coming week, that’s why not too much of my attention is going upon blogging, so again I’m going to do the video posting. This time is about Street Fighter, I just love comedy videos and this is a series of videos all should see about the retirement years of the video game heroes. Enjoy!