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Serious Game Development with Java

  • Jun 26, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Paul Gestwicki will share his experience in developing two Java-powered educational video games.

The first is Morgan's Raid, a game about Indiana's Civil War History that was created by 25 Ball State University students over three semesters. He will describe the design and development of the game as well as the significance of its entity system architecture.

The second project is Equations Squared, a math education game Paul developed that won the ETS Math Assessment Game Challenge. As part of this discussion, he will give special attention to PlayN, the Java-based cross-platform game programming library that powers the game.

We are also launching a new segment of our program this month. BC Forward is sponsoring Greg Goodin and George Reed who will be presenting on Recruiting Process and PM Best Practices.

As always, pizza and beverages will be provided and door prizes will be awarded at the end of the meeting.

Paul Gestwicki is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Ball State University. He has been conducting research in game design and development for the last several years, giving special attention to educational games. As part of the Immersive Learning initiative at Ball State, Dr. Gestwicki has led several multidisciplinary undergraduate game development studios with community partners including the Indiana State Museum, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. He has published over a dozen peer-reviewed articles in games-related conferences, journals, and books.

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  • Michael D.

    I was extremely pleased with the presentations tonight. George Reed did a great job with our first non-tech presentation on career growth and building a reputation. Paul Gestwicki did a fantastic job of providing relevant information on developing games in Java including libraries and methodologies used. Very instructional and practical.

    1 · June 26, 2013

    • Michael D.

      I grabbed George's card. I'll send you a message with his contact info.

      1 · June 27, 2013

    • Samad A.

      Thanks Michael. Got it. Will reach out to him

      July 1, 2013

  • Paul G.

    Thanks to everyone who came! I enjoyed giving this conversation and sharing in discussions afterward.

    Two people asked for a few more details on the libraries that I referenced for both Morgan's Raid and Equations Squared, so I wrote up this blog post this morning.

    I look forward to coming to another meeting, although since I'm teaching Wednesday nights next semester, that might not be for some time.

    2 · June 27, 2013

  • Scott C.

    The information about the gaming frameworks was interesting. I found the use of design patterns and entity oriented design to be far more interesting than the the PlayN game engine though.

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Adam W.

    Very interesting topic!

    1 · June 26, 2013

  • Hoa

    Schedule issues.

    June 26, 2013

  • Biju K.

    Sorry, will not be in town the week of the meeting

    June 19, 2013

  • Matt K.

    I won't be able to make it to the June meeting.

    May 30, 2013

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