IGDA connects gamers and developers during Philly Tech Week

This wrap up of the IGDA Philly Game Showcase was written by IGDA Chapter Secretary, Allison Berman. The showcase was part of Philly Tech Week. The IGDA Philly Game Showcase 2011 brought together designers and programmers from across every major media platform: from mobile video games to game consoles to mobile apps for smartpads and smartphones, […]

Gamers play Jamestown at the IGDA Showcase | Photo credit: IGDA's Flickr Page


This wrap up of the IGDA Philly Game Showcase was written by IGDA Chapter Secretary, Allison Berman. The showcase was part of Philly Tech Week.
The IGDA Philly Game Showcase 2011 brought together designers and programmers from across every major media platform: from mobile video games to game consoles to mobile apps for smartpads and smartphones, to computer games.  One adventurous presenter even created a unique motion-sensitive joystick to go with his game.
While the event was organized by the IGDA Philadelphia Chapter, it was open to any local game makers, regardless of affiliation or membership. Some studios have been very involved with the chapter over the last few years, offering help to up-and-coming students and first time developers.

Other presenters were meeting the local community for the first time.  The showcase not only displayed the vibrant development community around Philadelphia, it also expanded it as presenters mingled.  Enthusiastic talk of upcoming launches and competitions filled the crowded room.
Many attendees had a personal interest in games already.  However, as a part of Philly Tech Week it also drew many newcomers who got their first look at the independent game community.  While the material may look familiar in its platforming elements or 8-bit style, many games were built around new ideas about how we use games.  Some were designed to unify disparate social game groups, or to educate.  Others focused on a specific gameplay element such as puzzles, platforming, and rhythm.
It also brings vigor and a certain ironic twist to classic genres, as the latest and greatest technology is used to simulate retro arcade play or physical toys.
Something games do exceptionally well is to connect people.  Sometimes literally, through networked gameplay or co-op modes.  Other times by sharing the simple joy of play or the frisson of a premiere launch. The Philadelphia game community is growing by leaps and bounds, and it is thrilling to see.
Pictures can be found on Facebook and Flickr.

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