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Thoughts on game jams after Galway Game Jam 19

I was recently asked to provide a blurb about the event, which lead me to write a bit too much. So, I thought I would drop my thoughts on game jams here on my blog in case anyone else was interested. Galway Game Jam 19 – “Wild” / “Wild Galway” – hybrid jam At Galway Game Jam 19, we ran a hybrid game-making event – the first time we’ve had one since January 2020. We also had another first – a collaboration with Ardán and CREW. This is the first time Galway Game Jam has gained any external interest from local screen industry organisations, in nearly a decade of jams, so we hope this experience will be the first of…

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Where to start in gamedev in Ireland

Meet people! IrelandThe Games Co-Op Meetup – https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/The-Games-Co-Op/Imirt – https://imirt.ieGalway Game Jam – https://galwaygamejam.comhttps://gamedevelopers.ieNI GameDev Network – https://nigame.dev/ ConferencesGamescom (Koln, Germany)Develop: Brighton (Brighton, UK) Learn stuff! Business Books: The game dev business handbook. https://gamedevbizbook.comYou might know about running other businesses already. This book is aimed at game developers / makers who don’t know about business but want to set up their own game development business/studio. The book has insights and advice from industry veterans, so definitely worth a read. Programming I generally learn a lot as I have to from searching the web for documentation, tutorials, online courses and youtube how-to videos. I prefer reading text and trying to code it myself. As such, here are two awesome websites to get your feet wet in…

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GDC 2022 Global Game Jam Scholarship – a quick report

Hi folks, I have recently returned from my trip to Game Developers Conference (GDC). The Global Game Jam’s scholarship program was instrumental in my ability to attend this industry event. More details here. I’m currently self-isolating at home feeling very fatigued as I recover from Covid-19, which I seem to have contracted during my visit to the states. In brief… I learned a great deal, and my personal scholarship mission was to be taken in two parts. Part one is to take in as much as knowledge as I can, while meeting with as many people as I can, in order to be a bridge back to Galway. Part two is to maximise the effect of that learning for the…

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Galway Game Jam 16 virtual jam – Organising and running our first online-only game jam with a livestream!

This event went surprisingly well. While it was organised in haste, in a bit of a last-minute bid to get a gamejam done in 2020, the community really came together around this one to make it a worthwhile endeavor. Want to see the games made at this event? Check out itch.io/jam/galway-game-jam-16/entries Want to check out the livestream and clips? See our Galway Game Jam twitch and youtube channels in the references section below. Launch Video Livestream Well, the livestream is over and the VOD’s have been removed from twitch so unfortunately you can’t watch it anymore. We have downloaded the stream recordings though, with over 18 hours of footage from our two days of live streaming. We will be putting…

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Impostor syndrome, learning language programming, creative puzzle pieces and low mood

As you might know from following me elsewhere online, I have been designing a new adventure game with some light puzzle and resource management mechanics. The working title for the project is “Fungi Garden”, and you can learn more about it on my website here: https://mindcauldron.com/fungi-garden The game is inspired by the fascinating interactions that occur in nature between mycelium, mycorrhiza and tree root systems. Currently, I have many ideas for the game. They are unfinished, incomplete ideas. It’s kind of like looking at something, but you can’t focus on it – it’s there, but it’s blurry, undefined. In his book “Spelunky” about the development of that very game, Derek Yu described something that I feel resonates with my current…

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Setting up a Linux development environment in WIndows Part 2

Since I posted the first part in this two-part series, a friend has encouraged me to continue my experiments with WSL, even after I discovered some issues with unsupported packages when building applications from source. I must admit that after a using WSL for a while doing other things, it is growing on me! However, I’m still curious how everything compares. I wanted to try out Linux in a virtual machine (VM). So I downloaded Vagrant to manage the virtual machines from the command line, and got Virtualbox as my VM hypervisor. I guess you could use which ever VM hypervisor you prefer. I downloaded the latest Virtualbox release, which at time of writing was a recently released 6.1 which…

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Setting up a Linux development environment in Windows – Part 1

I’m making a video game prototype that uses an online authorative server to process game logic. To develop this server-side program, I want to use my familiarity with Linux. I’ve worked with Ubuntu and Arch linux for over 10 years. I like Linux and open source tools, and I want to bring such a development environment to my Windows-based OS so I don’t have to reboot. There are three approaches one could take to achieve this: Virtual machine (VM) running a Linux distro of choice. Docker container running Linux distro of choice. Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) running Linux distro of choice. Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) I am curious about the Windows Subsystem for Linux, so set about using…

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Homework is boring; make stuff instead

At some point in my childhood, an uncle gifted my family an old computer he no longer used. Probably one of the best gifts anyone could have received in the 90’s, even though nobody in my family knew much about how it worked, or was useful. Having a it was considered a Good Thing. The computer was some kind of Digital, though I don’t recall which model. It had a floppy disk drive and a cd drive. When booted up, you where left with a blinking cursor in DOS. One had to type “WIN” to boot into Windows 3.1.1. As a kid I didn’t know what I could do with computers, but I was fascinated by them. I curiously entered…

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Test Driving Gutenberg

Why write about writing in a different editor? I’ve got a few other blog posts lined up, but they need a lot more work. As WordPress is moving to use Gutenberg soon, I decided to take it for a spin. I don’t want to mess up my in-progress stuff using the beta version of it! This opinion post that is largely inconsequential, but I did encounter a bug. Luckily, the Gutenberg editor was stable enough to throw up a screen to prevent me from using it further, so no need to worry just yet. Writing an article about Gutenberg is also a short and sweet way to get familiar with it. Plus I get to work on my writing skills.…

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