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Let's meetup and talk about Unity and games!

* Jason Harwood from Halfbrick discusses agile development.

* Sean Edwards shows off Occulus Rift version of Lunar Flight.

This is the third meeting of the Brisbane Unity Developers group and it's a special edition!

We'll be co-hosting with the Game Technology Brisbane group who have secured Jason Harwood from Halfbrick. Jason will be talking about Halfbrick's use of Scrum for game development.

As well as Jason, Sean Edwards will be discussing the challenges of integrating Occulus Rift support into his Steam game, Lunar Flight. The game will be playable at the meetup!

We'll kick off at 5pm so everyone has time to mingle , eat pizza and have some drinks before the speakers take the stage.

Here are the details on what Jason will be taling about:

Scrum, delivering games from concept to submission

Game development is a complex beast and over the course of the past five years, Halfbrick Studios have been using Scrum to facilitate the game development process from green light right through to submission. With smash hit titles like Fruit Ninja & Jetpack Joyride credited to their library of games, Halfbrick have gone from a local independent to internationally respected developers seemingly overnight.

Jason will take us through his time at Halfbrick focusing on how his team have adapted Scrum over the past five years to suit the games that they develop. Considering that some games take 12-18 months (or more) to complete and others take 2-3 months to complete, we found that there were some very important modifications that we had to make to Scrum so that the process suited the length of the development cycle… and not the other way around. What have Halfbrick learned from developing these games? Have they found the secret sauce of game development? What does Halfbrick do differently from other developers? Focusing on the Scrum process, Jason will take the audience on a thrilling retrospective on some of the most critically acclaimed and successful games developed for iOS.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello!

    I am one of the organizers of the "Vancouver Unity Games" meet-up in Vancouver, BC, Canada, host city of the upcoming Unite13 Conference. We are planning a meet-up on the eve of the Unite13 conference that is a bit more exclusive than the larger Unite13 party where you can meet local Vancouver users, other Unity meet-up organizers from abroad, Unity Technology employees, and other notable people in a more intimate environment.

    Due to the limited space, we have broken up the tickets by meet-up groups we are aware of. Your group will have a specific lot of tickets (all free) that we would like for you to distribute to your meet-up attendees who are visiting Vancouver for the Unite13 conference. Don't forget to save a spot for yourself!

    The event link for your group is: http://preunite13meetup.eventbrite.com/?access=Socceroos. We hope to see you there!

    August 9, 2013

    • Adam S.

      That's a very thoughtful, and I'm sure appreciated, idea. Wish I was going, I had an amazing time at Unite12 in Amsterdam last year.
      Hopefully next year I'll have another opportunity to attend a Unite and meet more international Unity devs like yourself.

      August 9, 2013

  • Ashley D.

    The videos from the other night.

    Jason Harwood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfYADx5JLz0

    Sean Edwards: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY6-7egHJz0

    Sorry Sean, the battery ran out before the demos ended but I think we got most of it.

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Ashley D.

    I mentioned the Scrum Guide at the meetup, here is a link.

    http://www.scrum.org/Scrum-Guides

    16 pages from the guys that invented Scrum. No one said Scrum had to be complicated!

    July 4, 2013

  • Sean E.

    Does anyone know the guy, who filmed the talks the other night? Wondering if he has uploaded them yet? If you are said 'guy' my apologies for not recalling your name. :)

    July 3, 2013

    • Jarrod W.

      Ash normally uploads them to the Game Technology Brisbane group. Not up yet though.

      1 · July 3, 2013

    • Ashley D.

      I'll post the videos in the next day or two.

      1 · July 4, 2013

  • Adam S.

    Sadly, emergency client work just came up. I'll miss tonight. Will catch you all next month

    July 1, 2013

  • Enrique K.

    I also double booked with Game Tech brisbane, I've just freed a spot here!

    July 1, 2013

  • Glen H.

    Lucas Easton is my +1

    July 1, 2013

  • Kyle M.

    Double booked for the same event with Game Tech Brisbane, so will still be there just freeing a spot up!

    July 1, 2013

  • Hugo Pila P.

    I sadly have to work today...:(

    July 1, 2013

  • John P.

    Hi everyone,

    I have an update on the July meetup.

    As well as Jason Harwood from Halfbrick, Sean Edwards will be discussing the challenges of integrating Occulus Rift support into his Steam game, Lunar Flight.

    The game will also be playable at the meetup!

    See you all next month.

    John

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,
    I just wanted to let you know about my 16 year old son. For the past year he has developed "Craft-Z", a minecraft version of the famous "War-Z" game. He has designed the entire game platform himself and has several players both nationally and internationally rave about this game. His game has already been sponsored too. Some say that it's better than War-Z. I'll let you decide that. I'd be interested in your feedback and constructive criticism.

    His website is www.craft-z.com and his name is Kyle (aka Reecety)

    He has worked really hard to get this far. I'd love for him to get picked up by a games development company. That's his dream.

    He has attended JMC Academy's open day and his game design was chosen from a group of people. I think he is talented, you may decide otherwise. Thanks. Proud dad. Phil Reece.
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    SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA

    June 9, 2013

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