GDC: It Takes a Village: Growing Vibrant Game Developer Communities

In case you missed GDC 2016, and you are interested what makes a vibrant game developer community, check out the GDC Vault release of the all star panel Elliott Mitchell assembled: It Takes a Village: Growing Vibrant Game Developer Communities!

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The panel, comprised of key organizers from the Boston and Austin communities, offers the audience valuable insights into organizing events, meet-ups and co-working collectives which in turn fuel local industry growth for the future. Speakers include Elliott Mitchell (Vermont Digital Arts), Adri Mills (Independent), Dawn Rivers (Harmonix Music Systems), Michael Carriere (Zapdot), Jono Forbes (Defective Studios) & Andrew Eiche (Owlchemy Labs).

Vermont Digital Arts at Unite Boston 2015

Unite Boston 2015

Unite 2015, the annual Unity game developer conference, is scheduled to be held in Boston, MA, September 21st – 23rd! Isn’t that exciting?!?

I’m Elliott Mitchell, co-founder of Vermont Digital Arts and the Boston Unity Group. I am honored to announce that I will be presenting at Unite for the fourth consecutive year! My session, Unity Maximus: Art Optimizations for Maximum Performance in Unity 5, was announced on a list of talks published on Unity’s blog yesterday. This talk will be geared towards helping artists and designers who are beginners with Unity 5 art optimizations.

Unity Maximus: Art Optimizations for Maximum Performance in Unity 5, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22nd, 5:00-5:30, Ballroom A.

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Many platforms, like VR and mobile, place high demands on developers to meet acceptable frame rates or else risk failure. Often, the art assets in a Unity project look fantastic but no matter how optimized the code base is, the build just doesn’t meet the desired frame rate. Unoptimized art assets, including some art which may be purchased on the Asset Store, can seriously hinder performance on demanding platforms. In this session, we will highlight some red flags to look out for in a variety of art asset types and identify key optimizations that can be implemented into your art pipeline to significantly increase performance on demanding platforms. Art asset types covered will include:

  • 3D Models, Animations and Rigs
  • 2D Textures and Sprites
  • Materials and Shaders

I’ll likely cover a few more topics like lightmapping & post process effects.

I hope to see you at Unite 2015 Boston!

Best,

-Elliott

EDIT 9/18: Changed the time and location to Tuesday, September 22nd, 5:00-5:30, Ballroom A.

Top 25 Game Developer Related Meetups In The Boston Area – March 2014 Edition

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We are often asked “What game developer meetups do you regularly attend?”. Unfortunately for us in Southern Vermont, most of the “local” meetups are in the Boston, MA area with the exception of a couple non-game specific events in Western MA. Fortunately for Vermont Digital Arts, we also work in Cambridge, MA at the Indie Game Collective and thus attend a lot of game development events out there.

Our personal top 5  Boston area game developer meetups are (in alphabetical order):

Boston Post Mortem http://www.bostonpostmortem.org/
Boston Indies http://www.bostonindies.com/
Boston Unity Group http://www.meetup.com/B-U-G-Boston-Unity-Group/
New England Game Circle http://gamescircle.org/
Mass DiGI http://www.massdigi.org/category/events/

Our general top 25 Boston area game developer meetups are (in alphabetical order):

AAUGA Boston http://www.aaugaboston.com/
Boston Art and Code http://www.meetup.com/BostonArtCode/
Boston Blender Users Group http://www.meetup.com/BostonBlender/
Boston Games Forum http://gmsfrm.com/
Boston HTML 5 Game Development http://www.meetup.com/Boston-HTML5-Game-Development/
Boston Indies http://www.bostonindies.com/
Boston Post Mortem http://www.bostonpostmortem.org/
Boston Unity Group http://www.meetup.com/B-U-G-Boston-Unity-Group/
Boston Virtual Reality http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Virtual-Reality/
Boston Windows App and Game Developers http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Windows-App-Developers/
Cambridge Hack Space http://www.meetup.com/Cambridge-Hackspace/
Drinks on Tap http://www.meetup.com/DrinksOnTap/
Game Makers Guild http://www.meetup.com/Game-Makers-Guild/
Game Over Boston https://www.facebook.com/GameOverBoston
HTML 5 Boston http://www.meetup.com/html5boston/
Mass DiGI http://www.massdigi.org/category/events/
Mass Innovation Nights http://mass.innovationnights.com/
Mass TLC http://www.masstlc.org/
MassMobile – Mobile Developer’s Meetup http://www.meetup.com/massmobile/
Mobile Monday http://www.momoboston.com/
New England Game Circle http://gamescircle.org/
StoryCode Boston http://www.meetup.com/StoryCode-Boston/
Women in Games Boston http://wigboston.wordpress.com/

Please let us know if you have any favorite game developer meetups in the Boston area that we may have missed. I’d be great to have a giant comprehensive list to share online perhaps as a wiki.

We hope there will be more going on in the Vermont / Western MA area to populate a list half this long in a few years! VERMONT / Western MA -> Let’s make it happen!