From Chris Gomez (@SpaceShot), Co-Founder of Philly GameWorks
As 2014 comes to a close, I wanted to say thanks to the enthusiastic and dedicated membership that has been supporting Philly GameWorks at the end of its first year.
I approached Dave Voyles about starting this group because it was the “user group” I always wanted to go to myself. Thanks to Dave and Amanda Lange, we have the support of Microsoft providing us a space to meet in Malvern. I am grateful to have Microsoft’s support and especially the Technical Evangelist group that wants to help every one of us publish our first game.
The Malvern office is ideally positioned to capture the development community that already comes out in support of Philly.Net. I also felt we could talk to other developers who have built a career in “line-of-business” programming but have wondered what the dark secrets of game programming are.
I hope that in 2014 we provided a good introduction. In 2015 we will continue to look at tools and techniques, and I am very excited to see some interesting new directions we can go in thanks to the expertise of our own members. We also are talking with the game development community in Center City and I am thrilled that you will get to meet these awesome folks in 2015 as well.
Our 2015 New Year’s Resolution
And in 2015, our shared New Year’s Resolution is to publish our first games. That means each and every one of us finishes and ships a game. There’s never been a better time to do this yourself or with a small team, so this is our shared goal. Let us help you and let us all work towards this goal!
Don’t forget that Philadelphia has a thriving game development community. Check out the Dev Night link below. It’s highly recommended.
And use a great program like One Game A Month to help keep your game ideas focused and small so you can meet your New Year’s resolution!