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LearnJam 1: Sidescrolling Platformer

  • Oct 20, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Learn to build Video Games in Unity with friends 。◕‿◕。

A Learn Jam is a game jam for learning to create video games.

Us beginners will all get together and build games with similar mechanics.

Our Mentors help us overcome the challenges of building them.

At the end of the day, we know how to build game mechanics that we can use to make more games, AND have awesome new friends to do it with.

Let's bring more games into the world! (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧


At this LearnJam, we'll all build a Sidescrolling Platformer!

Mentor

Alex Menzies is a software developer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has over 3 years of experience building immersive applications in Unity3D for public outreach, mission operations, and science data visualization.   Some of the projects Alex has worked on include the Explore Mars web application (http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/explore/), the game “Mars Rover Landing” for Xbox Kinect  (http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-us/product/mars-rover-landing/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258480836), and a number of other human robotic interaction prototypes (http://www.youtube.com/user/OPSLabJPL).


Jam Prep

You will need a laptop.

• Download & install Unity from  Unity3D.com

• Learn how to use the Unity interface at Unity's Learn Portal

When you arrive, we'll give you some game assets that you can use in your project and show you how to make a Sidescrolling Platformer!

Are you experienced in Unity and want to teach others while making new friends?

Please let me know, and you can join our mentors!  Click "Contact" on the left.


FAQ

1. Why Unity?

Unity is amazing for indie development because, among other things, once you build your game, you can export to any popular platform- web, PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii/U, iOS, Android, and even OUYA.

These awesome games that I personally love were made in Unity:

Scrolls by Mojang, Creators of Minecraft

Temple Run 2, by Imangi Studios (the fastest growing mobile title in history)

Thomas Was Alone (700,000 sale indie masterpiece)

The Room, by Fireproof Studios (an awesomely creepy puzzle adventure whose page is littered with awards)

Find your personal favorites at Unity's Game List, including titles by Eidos and Rovio.

Quotes from developers:
"The sequel was built using the Unity game engine...This allowed the team to get away from the rigid, 90-degree turns of the original game and instead create more 'organic environments and curving paths.'" -TouchArcade on Imangi Studios, Temple Run 2

"Bithell notes that it was due to this simplicity that he was able to learn the Unity engine...With the revenue he earned from its sales, Bithell left Bossa to pursue further indie game development." -Mike Bithell, Thomas Was Alone

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  • Nathan

    Great job guys!

    October 21, 2013

  • Scott

    Excellent work and great teachers! Good work guys!

    October 20, 2013

  • David S.

    You guys were all so wonderful. This is really a beautiful community!

    October 20, 2013

  • Jay M.

    Awesome LearnJam meetup, was great meeting everyone. Looking forward to the next one!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome meetup! :)

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Sergio Leonardo B.

    One guest of mine has cancelled on me. One spot has opened up.

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I was at Indiecade. I was super excited to see things like this were happening. Unfortunately it's a bit of a drive and we're just no prepared for it. Hopefully the turn out is great!

    October 15, 2013

  • David S.

    Does anyone have a video camera?

    I met the http://codeliberation.org/ gals at Indie Cade, and they are a great inspiration. They're helping women, girls, and those who identify as women get into making games by providing free coding education.

    They're a lot like us! And their stand for inclusivity really blows me away. I'm like, tearing up right now thinking about it. Their community is in New York, and I want to share our education resources with them, to empower our friends and allies.

    That means recording the teaching portions of this weekend, and our mentors helping us work through the challenges we run into, that our friends following along at home will likely run into as well.

    Will you answer the call to take up your camera for the righteous quest of empowering indies of every kind everywhere?

    Or like, ask your friends XD Pretty please!

    1 · October 14, 2013

    • Jay M.

      I don't think we'll be recording 4-5 hours straight. Most likely we'll record whenever a teaching session is on, hopefully 20-30 mins at a time or the most important stuff. Plus I only have 1 battery so I'll have to re-charge after every session.

      October 18, 2013

    • David S.

      My thinking exactly Jay! DANIEL, JAY, YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. You're so earnest! Amazing! I'm totally blown away. Thank you both so much!

      October 18, 2013

  • Jasmine A.

    Definitely wish I could make this, but I'll be out of town.

    If there's another one sometime in the future, I will be there! :)

    1 · October 14, 2013

    • David S.

      I will make one just for you, Jasmine. How would you feel about an Interactive StoryJam in Twine?
      http://www.gimcrackd....­

      1 · October 14, 2013

    • Jasmine A.

      Sweet! Will definitely be there! Just let me know where and when :)

      October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this! :)

    1 · October 3, 2013

    • David S.

      Looking forward to meeting you! X3

      October 14, 2013

  • Jef M.

    I wish I could make it but I'm away on vacation. If you simulcast it, let me know and I'll try to watch it!

    Great meeting David at Indiecade and learning about this group!

    1 · October 8, 2013

    • David S.

      I will destroy you in Towerfall when you get back, Jef. We're looking for someone who can record it now :)

      October 14, 2013

  • Ivan B.

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Jay M.

    I'm glad the meetup date was changed otherwise I wouldn't have made it since I just recently joined. Looking forward to meeting everyone and to learn more about Unity together.

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any update on changing to Sunday the 15th?

    September 11, 2013

    • David S.

      YES. Yes it will be videoed! I don't have the capacity to do that yet, but I choose to say yes and make it happen.Anyone who sees this and has recording capacity please let me know! :)

      September 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's fantastic, thank you. Please let me know where the video is available afterwards. Thanks for all your hard work setting this up :)

      September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really really want to attend with my wife and learn unity, but we can't do the 14th. Is a date change possible? Maybe the 15th?

    September 1, 2013

    • Pedro C.

      I'll be unavailable that weekend as well. Could you record it?

      1 · September 4, 2013

    • David S.

      How's the new date for you, Pedro?

      September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't sign up for this until you give me a location.

    September 12, 2013

    • David S.

      REQUEST GRANTED: Talked to Cam and Yohei from Coloft today, awesome coworking space on the westside, and we have a home! :D

      September 20, 2013

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