News about upcoming meetings or projects, or things discussed at previous meetings

Aug 31, 2015

Announcements for 31 August 2015! (1)

Hey err’ybody!

Just letting you know that this week’s meeting will be at the Mezzanine at 7:00pm. And guess who will be there to meet you? Albert Chen from Cogswell University! He’ll be here to talk about the video game industry and answer many questions you’ll probably have.

On another exciting note, we’ll be participating in San Jose’s Mini Maker Faire! If you’re interested in volunteering with us on September 5/6, let us know and we’ll get you on board! Also, if you want a game that you’ve made to be on the cabinet, contact your closest Game Dev officer and let us know! We’ll do our best to get it on there.

Speaking of officers! Want to be at the heart of how your club runs? Think your club officers are hella cool? We still have an opening for Game Development Vice President and Treasurer! Just ask us any questions you may have and we’ll be sure to answer your concerns and interests as soon as possible!

Sep 22, 2011

Kill the Bunnies, etc.

I have been kind of silent on here because I have been working on the next version of this website, which supports GAME UPLOADING and is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. This is the kind of thing you don't really need to care about, but if you've been like "man, why is there no news, I don't know when the next meeting is", that is the reason.

Kill the Bunnies

Today, during the meeting, I demonstrated KILL THE BUNNIES, a thoroughly distasteful and very simplistic Pong clone. I moved kind of fast, and those of you who paid attention might not have been able to keep up, and THAT'S OKAY. The important thing is that you are sort of more oriented now than you were before, a little bit!

You can play kill the bunnies by going to the page that I just hyperlinked there, did you see it? ^ That has a .zip file which includes a .exe, which is a GAME you can PLAY, and a .gmk, which is Game Maker's native file format.

You can open the .gmk by downloading Game Maker from oh hey more hyperlinks. (Don't worry, it has a free version. I've been using it for almost a decade.) Game Maker itself includes a tutorial when you first open it, which is super handy! You can learn pretty much everything that I demoed today from that tutorial.

More Learning

If you missed today, or you feel really nauseous after attending it, I have good news: There will be a longer, less disorienting tutorial session in the near future!

On the weekend of September 31st, probably either on Friday or on Saturday (it's not decided yet), you are invited to bring your laptops and install Game Maker, and I will manually walk you through the steps to creating a simple game. You can make Pong, or anything the heck else if you don't feel like Pong, within the bizarre-and-sometimes-arbitrary constraints introduced by making a game in two hours.

Even More Learning

If you have any questions about Game Maker, or other game making platforms, ask away on the Facebook group. There are people on the Facebook group, and they can help you. I am among them!


Some people asked about making 3D games. The most beginner-friendly way of making 3D games nowadays is Unity, which also has a free version. Unity is pretty hard to get into if you don't have any experience coding, so I only recommend it if you know what a "for loop" is and how to use it.

Unity is pretty fun for messing around in a 3D environment, and you can use it to make components and levels for 3D games -- so even if you can't code, it's worth downloading for giggles.

Next meeting

The next meeting will be a game night, and it will take place on September 29th at 7pm, and it will take place in the Art building, room 241.

For the rest of the semester, every other week is a game night! Isn't that swell?

Sep 1, 2011

oh also

The next meeting is next week (September 8th) in the same room (Art building, room 241) on the same day (Thursday) at the same time (7pm).

If you couldn't make the meeting today, don't worry about it, come to the next one anyway! We won't notice, we're very unobservant. It took me like thirty seconds to recognize someone I met the day before.

(his name is Anthony)

While I have your attention, why not click GAMES up there ^ and check out some games we made?

Sep 1, 2011

Hey everyone!

Join the Facebook group and the Google group!

Also the Steam group.

That's all for now, thanks!

Aug 9, 2011

The First Three Meetings of the Semester (1)

Hello, videogame enthusiasts and curious passerby! All are welcome in this strange business.

The first meeting of the semester is September 1st, at 7pm. We will introduce ourselves to each other, find out who likes what kinds of games, and brainstorm some game ideas to get our noodles going. Feel free to come by, even if you have no experience! The goal of this club is to teach ourselves to make games, and that includes those of us who are absolute beginners. At the meeting, we'll announce some stuff on how we'll go about doing that.

The second meeting will be September 8th, during which we will announce our first game challenge of the semester, and some other stuff. More on that later.

The third meeting will be September 15th. This will be a Game Night, which means that we will play videogames and goof off and not get anything done.

See you September 1st!

Apr 22, 2011

The 3D Game Challenge

For this challenge, you need to create a 3D game using an existing game engine. You could use Unity, or a game engine listed @ , or some other game engine.

The challenge ends in 4 (or possibly 6?) weeks.

—Kristopher Windsor, April 9th, 2011, Re: Upcoming Meeting

Apr 17, 2011

Officer Elections!

It's that time of year again, time to decide who is going to run the
club in the upcoming semesters!

The positions available are:

President: Presides over the club.
Vice President: Second in command
Treasurer: Manages the funds for the club, creates budgets and
spending plans to give to AS to ask for money.
Secretary: Records relevant information from board meetings
Webmaster: Manages the website
Event Coordinator: Plans and executes club events
Marketing Officer: Makes sure people know about the club

If you are interested in running for an office (or several) please
send an email to the Google Group (email [email protected] ) with the position you are interested in. We will
vote for positions during the meeting on May 5th (you will also be
able to mail in votes if you cannot attend the meeting).

Apr 11, 2011

Jonathan Blow on the 21st!

Don't ask about the QR code.

Jonathan Blow, the designer of Braid, is coming to the Game Development Club on April 21st! We're going to have a discussion with him, so be sure to play Braid if you haven't (it's on steam here) and think of some scintillating questions to ask. You can check out the development blog of his current project, The Witness, here.

The meeting will be at the same time and place as the usual meetings, April 21st, 7:30 - 9:00 PM in the Costanoan Room of the Student Union

Tell your friends! Meet a professional and famous game developer!

(P.S. Last time I checked, his company is hiring!)

Apr 5, 2011

Upcoming Meeting

Hey Club!

The next meeting will be this Thursday, the 7th, from 7:30 - 9:00 PM
in the Costanoan room of Student Union. We will be ironing out the
details on the upcoming game project (the list of potential topics is
in a thread on the google group). Hope to see you all there!


Mar 23, 2011

This Week's Meeting

Hello Club!

This Thursday we will be seeing the results of our club's game making
efforts and discussing the layout of future game development projects!
As usual, it will be from 7:30 - 9:00 PM in the Costanoan room of the
Student Union.

Mar 7, 2011


Hey Club!

Our next meeting is this Thursday, March 10th, from 7:30 - 9:00 PM in the Costanoan Room of the student union. We will be giving presentations on the progress we've been making on our games. Remember, this game project ends on the 24th, two weeks from this meeting, so don't procrastinate!

See you then,

Feb 11, 2011

Upcoming Events

Hello Club!

Here's a list of some of the upcoming events.

Game Night- Hang out with the club to hang out, play, show off, and discuss various games!
Time & Place:
Thursday, February 17th, 7:30 - 9:00 PM (or later), Art 241.

Game In A Day / Klik of the Month- Join us at Cogswell Polytechnical College to help make a prototype game in just one day! Glorious Trainwreck's Klik of the Month is also happening during the afternoon of that day (theoretically- the event isn't on their website yet), so I'm thinking if we can get a few people in on it we can have a JAM WITHIN A JAM. Can you handle it?
Time & Place:
Saturday, February 19th, 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM,
Cogswell College - Game Club Room
1175 Bordeaux Drive
Sunnyvale, CA

Next Meeting- Our next official meeting! We'll be giving presentations on the game ideas that we came up with last meeting and having a tutorial on game maker, for those who want to learn.
Time & Place:
Thursday, February 24th, 7:30 - 9:00 PM, Costanoan Room, Student Union


Feb 8, 2011

This Week's Meeting


The next Game Dev Club meeting will be on Thursday, February 10th from
7:30 - 9:00 in the Costanoan room of the student union. We will be
dividing into teams for the first game development project!

I hope to see you all there!

Jan 30, 2011

"You Meet the Nicest People Playing Videogames"

You Meet the Nicest People Making Videogames logo

Remember when, prior to a game jam, I warned that we might be filmed? And then, during the game jam, there was a dude with a photocamera-with-video-functions pointed at us intermittently throughout?

That dude was La Mar "spinach" Williams II, and he's working on a documentary called "You Meet the Nicest People Making Videogames". It's about people who videogames to express themselves. Like some of us!

To make his movie, he wants to travel across California (and eventually the States) and do a whole bunch of interviews, but he doesn't have the money to do that. So he's set up a Kickstarter page where you can chip in.

The way that Kickstarter works is pretty simple: if enough people pledge to donate to a project, the project gets funded by those donations. If not enough people pledge to donate, the money gets returned to the pledgers.

I know we're all college students here, but please consider helping him out with a donation! He's a rad dude, and if the trailers are any indication, he is going to make a rad documentary.

Jan 29, 2011

First Meeting of the Semester!

Hello Club!

Our first meeting of this beautiful new semester is going to be next Thursday, February 3rd from 7:30 - 9:00 PM in the Guadalupe Room of the Student Union! We'll be doing icebreakers and meet and greets and getting ready for an awesome semester of game-making, so I hope to see you all there, old and new faces alike!

Nov 6, 2010

The Genres Challenge

The theme of the current game development challenge is "Genres that are not game genres"- i.e. things like Biography, Romance, Riot Grrrl, and Cubism.

Teams may be as large as 5 people.

The due date is December 7th.

There are no restrictions on form.

Have fun.

Nov 6, 2010

Photo Game Challenge : Voting!

To vote for your favorite game that was made in the previous game challenge, send an email with your choice to [email protected] , or, if you want to be discreet about it, to [email protected] .

Please specify who made the game that you're voting for, since so many of them have similar titles, and be sure to play all of them!

Nov 6, 2010

Photos Game Challenge: Entrants

This post will be updated with videos! Meanwhile, here the downloadable games entered in the Photos Game Challenge.

by Marek, Phillip, Michael, and Travis

Ghost House
by John, Rosemary, Euclid, Cindy, and Matt

by Kristopher, Douglas, Anh, Rocky, Justin, and Chris

Photo Game (source code)
by Patrick, Kristi, Josh, and Chris Nelson

The Photo Game
by Sri, Kelsey, and Billy

Oct 16, 2010

Event: Klik of the Month SJSU PRO EXTREME

Glorious Trainwrecks is an online community celebrating the spontaneous creativity that comes from making games using children’s gamemaking tools under severe time constraints.

The third Saturday of every month, they host Klik of the Month, an event where participants are encouraged to use the simplest tools and the lowest standards possible to make a game in two hours.

We've had a few events already where we met up in person an hour ahead, teach you to use Game Maker, and all jam together during the two hours.

Unfortunately, we can't teach this time. But we will be making games, as usual. If you're capable of figuring it out on your own, or you just want to come watch, swing by!

Next month we'll do it better, I promise.


Where: MacQuarrie Hall, room 227, San Jose State University
When: Saturday, October 16, 4pm-6pm.
(Yes, that is thirteen hours from now. This post is mostly an introduction for what's happening next month.)

Oct 9, 2010

T-Shirt Contest Voting!

Oh my gosh oh my gosh, we have submissions! To the T-shirt contest!

John Bruneau's Design

Kelsey Higham's Design

Kristi Loo's Design

The picture of those three which you good people like the best
Will be cleaned up and/or refined, then end up on your chest.

To vote for the first, reply to this email with I am inexplicably attracted to John Bruneau's design.
To vote for the second, reply to this email with Kelsey Higham's design could totally take on Chuck Norris's beard.
To vote for the third, reply to this email with I swear, Kristi Loo's design looks just like my favorite teacher in high school.

(Or if you want, you can vote by saying something that isn't stupid, like I vote for John/Kelsey/Kristi's design.)

If you want to keep your vote private, you can email your vote directly to [email protected].

Good luck to the participants!

Sep 29, 2010

The Deadline Has Been Extended

Now your games are due on Tuesday, October 19. That's two more weeks! Make it count!

Sep 27, 2010

Meeting: Last Meeting Before Our Games Are Due!

Same deal as last time, pretty much: Work on games with your team, join a team if you haven't already.

BUT: New time and place!

You mean we don't have to stay at school until 10:30 any more? :O

That's right! Henceforth, meetings will take place at 7pm – 9pm, in the Boccardo Business Center, room 124.


I know! So yeah, see you tomorrow. This is the last meeting before our games are due.

When: Tuesday, September 28, 2010; 7pm – 9pm
Where: Boccardo Business Center, room 124, San José State University

Sep 19, 2010

Meeting: Work More! (Also Bowling After)

We have another meeting on Tuesday! That's like less than 48 hours from now oh geez. All we'll be doing is working on our games more, it'll be like last week! Also like last week, don't worry if you haven't been to a meeting before or anything, we'll fit you in.

(Also, we will go BOWLING AFTER.)

Say that again, but with more numbers and less sentence structure

When: 9:00pm-10:30pm; Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Where: Ohlone Room, Student Union building, San Jose State University
(Bring: $2 and your Student ID card, if you want to go bowling after)

Sep 15, 2010

If You're Carpooling with Us to Learn To Play

You should be aware that we're meeting up at 3:50pm in MacQuarrie Hall, room 227. Not 2pm!

Sep 15, 2010

Event: Fighting Game Tournament

The CS Club (MacQuarrie Hall, room 227) will be hosting a fighting game tournament on October 2nd, from 10am to midnight.

Games to be played include BlazBlue, Guilty Gear, and Melty Blood.

If you've heard of any of those, you're encouraged to participate! Entry in the tournament is $6, attendance is free. If you haven't, you're encouraged to come anyway; the event is deliberately newbie-friendly.

Sep 15, 2010

Museum Exhibit and Carpool: Learn to Play

If the prospect of seeing videogames in a museum entices you, you might want to check out Learn to Play, an art show put on by former Game Dev Club faculty advisor John Bruneau and current advisor James Morgan.

If you want to check it out but don't know how to get there, you can carpool with us!

Come to MacQuarrie Hall, room 227, at 3:50pm this Friday, and we'll stick you in a group, either as a rider or a driver.

Sep 15, 2010

Meeting: Meet your Teams! (Summary)

That was neat!

According to plan, teams met up and got to brainstorming/planning their games. I dunno about your group, but our group got along famously. Folks in this club are seriously friendly, word up.

If you still haven't joined a team, you're not even close to being too late; give a shout on the Google Group and we'll hook you up. It doesn't matter if you have no applicable skills; giving you some is half the reason this club exists in the first place!

Sep 11, 2010

Steam Group

If you weren't aware, we have a Steam group. Because sometimes we play games, too! (Mostly Left 4 Dead 2 and Team Fortress 2, it seems.)

Sep 9, 2010

T-Shirt Contest

We’ve wanted T-shirts for a long time, so we’re putting a hard deadline on it: October 5th. Whoever submits the coolest T-shirt design to [email protected] by then will be the designer for the shirt that club members will wear! We’ve only got one design so far so GO GO GO.

Wait, What?

Okay I'll give you a bit more detail.

At events like GDC, it would be nice to show our unity by all wearing the exact same thing. The Associated Students at SJSU is willing to pay for such exact same things, which basically means free T-shirts for us! But we have no idea what to put on them.

You should probably keep it down to one or two or three colors, for cheaper printing.

Since the deadline is awfully close, you don't have to make a finalized design; just the best design. Then you can finish it after.

It doesn't have to be a blank shirt with a logo in the middle; it could be any kind of rad design, as long as it's unique to us.

Anyway but yeah it's due October 5th. GO GO GO!

Sep 8, 2010

Meeting: Meet your Teams!

If you didn't come to the last meeting, you can catch up by reading the last few posts on this website you're reading; you basically didn't miss anything at all, and you can get on a team by just coming to this next one.

Here's the important bits

Where: Costanoan Room, Student Union, San José State University

When: 9:00pm – 10:30pm

Here's the whatever

Our next meeting is on Tuesday! This Tuesday!!

This meeting, we'll be meeting up with our teams and maybe swapping people around a bit, and kinda planning what we'll be making. You know, brainstorming, making sure everything works out, figuring out who will do what. It will be social and thereby interesting.

It will also be at 9pm, not 9:30pm! Rad!