The following is a message passed on by a group called ExtraLife, which is running a gaming event for charity. Check it out, if you're interested:
"ExtraLife is an annual charity gaming marathon, where participants play games for 24 hours to raise money for charity. On Saturday November 4th, UofT's ExtraLife team will be raising money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals like SickKids in downtown Toronto. The event will take place in BA3200, and there'll be free food throughout the day! Right now we're looking for participants and volunteers, so if you're interested in playing card games, board games, tabletop games, or video games, let us know! Go to goo.gl/6MTKQj to register today."
After yesterday's class, we now have groups formed for the course. In case you need a reminder of who's working with whom, here is the list of groups:
* Factory Tycoon -- Avery and Nash * Search for School -- Ivy and Ashia * Chatrooms -- Ananya and Fiona * Deception -- Maazin and Marvin * Meltdown -- Lauren and Ralph * Drunk Drivers -- Utkarsh and Jin * Outbreak -- Tyler and Andrew * Jury's Diction -- Victor and Grey * Inner Self -- Kana and Eddie * The Book -- AJ and Jordan
Hello, and welcome to the course! If you're reading this, you've taken an important first step in exploring what the course is about. Keep checking in here for more announcements related to the course, and make sure you're familiar with the tabs on the left. Most of the material related to the course will be distributed through this website, so it's important that you're familiar with the places that vital information can be found.
Make sure that you've filled out the beginning-of-term information survey that was sent out through email before the semester started. If you don't remember receiving that, you can find the form here: https://goo.gl/32Udii.
If you're looking for something to do to prepare for the first class, we'll be using the GameMaker programming tool for the course project, which you can download here. It's also worth looking at the tutorials to get familiar with it sooner rather than later (for instance, at gamemakertutorials.com. Note that the download package posted here is for GameMaker Studio, not GameMaker Studio 2. Tutorials for the two versions are very different :)
For those who missed class or just need a reminder of what's happening on the weekend, the game jam activity is taking place on Saturday, September 16th in the Bahen Centre, room 3200 (the Great Hall). It will start from 10am and run to about 4pm, with pizza lunch supplied for all who come.
During this session, you'll be making a game from start to finish, so bring a laptop that you would be able to develop on later in the course. You should have one of the game design tools installed on it (see the Links page for a few suggestions), and should complete enough tutorials to have a basic sense of how the tool works.
We'll start at 10am sharp with introductions and group formations, so aim to be there at 10, ready to go!