Here's why Philly Dev Night changed its name to Philly Game Mechanics - Technical.ly Philly

Dev

Sep. 1, 2017 7:49 am

Here’s why Philly Dev Night changed its name to Philly Game Mechanics

“We felt that Philly Game Mechanics makes it easier for people to not feel excluded when first looking up indie game development in Philly.”

An old Dev Night at Indy Hall.

(Courtesy photo)

It’s a year of rebirth for Philly’s videogame crafters: the storied meetup group and online community we came to know as Philly Dev Night has changed its name in a push to be a better reflection of itself: meet the Philly Game Mechanics.

Organizer and creator Shawn Pierre said the change is aimed at making the group — which has over 1,000 members on Meetup — a more inclusive one.

“We wanted to help people overcome any concerns about the word ‘Dev’, as our community of game makers include coders, artists, writes, musicians, modelers, producers, and everything in between,” Pierre told Technical.ly in an email. “We felt that Philly Game Mechanics makes it easier for people to not feel excluded when first looking up indie game development in Philly.”

The org also launched a Patreon¬†page that’s currently the Mechanics’ main source of income. That could change now that the group has also become a charitable¬†project within CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia, a 501(c)(3) trust. Not only could they now reap donations but CultureTrust is assisting them on ways to obtain grant money.

What’s the money going to? Sure, supporting the bi-weekly meetups at Indy Hall, but Pierre said the group won’t stop at that.

“Hopefully this will help us offer classes and bring in teachers and speakers,” said the organizer. “We want to do what we can to help help developers in Philly be better and we also want our indie developers to get their games out there.”

Advertisement

The group started in 2012 with Pierre and Cipher Prime’s Will Stallwood at the helm. Stallwood stepped down earlier this year “to make way for the next generation of awesome peeps.”

Organizations: Indy Hall
-30-
LEAVE A COMMENT

Advertisement

1 Million Cups, a monthly program for startup founders, is now live in Philly

How Rowan students are creating a virtual world to solve real-life problems

Don’t know code? Don’t be fazed. Code for Philly needs you

SPONSORED

Philly

Pitch to win up to $360,000 in funding at WeWork’s Creator Awards

Chesterbrook, PA

Deacom

EDI Specialist

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

Linode

Data Center Operations Specialist

Apply Now
Philadelphia

Perpay

Product Designer

Apply Now

Linode and Indy Hall are launching a N3rd Street breakfast meetup

Philly gets its first official Google Cloud developers group

This is the first Philly-made game on the Nintendo Switch

SPONSORED

Philly

Vistar Media’s tech stack is not for the faint-of-heart

Philadelphia

Practice

Director of Sales

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA - Old City

WebLinc

Agile Project Manager

Apply Now
Conshohocken, Pa

ShopRunner

Lead UI Engineer

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!