April 25, 2011

Spring Time!

Well everyone, it was a great first semester for the club.  We had plenty of events, fun meetings, a speaker, commercial, podcast (which will be up soon), and even got to present at the Unforum!  Not bad for a club only 4 months old.

So for Spring and Summer we will not be having any regular meetings or events, but that doesn't mean we will never get together for gaming!  Saturday online gaming is still going on, so every Saturday from about 1pm-5pm expect at least one member to be playing online that you can join.  We will be on Xbox Live, League of Legends, Steam, and several other online communities.  Don't forget to post your gamer tags on the Facebook page if you want to be able to add everyone!  We will also occasionally hold an unofficial meeting where we can get together and play games at someone's apartment, but that depends on time and availability.  If anyone is willing to host an event, feel free to tell us!

Projects for the club this Spring and Summer are getting the club banner completely designed so that we can get it made first thing in the Fall, making our club game, trying to get tickets for a video game event (E3, etc.), and getting two more podcasts done and posted.

I have started creating our club game and hope to get it done by Fall.  For those of you who didn't come to the last two meetings, the game will be a RPG Dating Sim set in BYU.  The titular character is a return missionary who has just entered his first semester at BYU and needs to get married by the end of his second semester or be condemned to shame and bachelorhood forever!  (Yes, this game is a parody of BYU culture)  Plans have already been made for a sequel that has the main character be a girl and an expansion that involves zombies (suggested by our Game Warden).

Right now, I need to decide which engine to use to make the game.  As such, I want your opinions.  Should I use an engine suited for making visual novels (which is what most dating sims are) called Renpy, or should I use an engine that would allow for a more traditional RPG?  If we do go for a visual novel approach, I would need help with the art because I can not draw very well.  Opinions in the comment section!

Hope you all have a great Spring!

Josh Matern
Gaming President

April 11, 2011

Winter Semester Almost Done!

What's up everyone?  So, if you didn't go to the speaker event Wednesday then you missed out.  It was an amazing presentation and definitely made me consider going to SMU to study how to make video games.  They did an excellent job showing why video games are a growing market and how the skills there could easily be transferred to other careers for good pay if you so desired.  You can also have a great career in the video game industry though, so don't think no money is there. The pizza and fan art were good too! I believe that everyone who attended enjoyed it, so I consider it a great success!

The Unforum dress rehearsal is tomorrow, 8:30pm at the Marriott Center.  If you want to participate in the Unforum, you MUST come tomorrow.  It looks like it will be very enjoyable and a great opportunity to advertise our club.  The actual Unforum is Tuesday, and we will need to get there by 10:00am.  Please come and help out!

Our last meeting of the semester will be this Thursday.  It is a reading day so we hope that almost everyone can come since classes won't be interfering.  We will be discussing the future of gaming, specifically what we hope will come, what we know is coming, and how we can influence future of video gaming.  We will also play some games, chat, and have fun!  We can't wait to see you!

On a slightly sadder note, JS Lewis, our online steward, said he will be stepping down as an officer due to an increased work load and studies.  He has done a lot for the club and was instrumental in helping it start.  It is quite saddening losing him.  He will still be a member though so don't think that this is goodbye.  He will also soon be choosing a new online steward so if you think you might be interested then let him know.

Well, that's everything!  Have a good week and be ready for finals!

Josh Matern
Gaming President