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#1 markadrake   Members   -  Reputation: 104

Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:50 PM

I thought this thread would be good to share highlights from #AltDevConf. That way if you didn't get the chance to attend a session or any at all, you can read everybody's thoughts and what they took away.

My experience was great! I attended:
  • Effective Marketing in the Indie Games Space
  • Your Game Engine From the Web
  • Intro to Producing for Mobile
I enjoyed the 'Intro to Producing for Mobile' the most since it really hits home for us at OnSlaught Games. We are all holding down regular day jobs away from game development, so we easily spend 50+ hours working each week, 40 at the 9-5 and another 10+ easily during the week and on the weekend. Evangeline shared her experiences related to this situation, the importance of delegation, defining success vs failure, knowing when to quit or move on to another idea, and most of all - making money and keeping the business sustainable.

What were your high notes?

Sessions Now Posted (http://altdevblogada...session-videos/)


Programming Track

The Integrated Influence Architecture - Combining Reactive and Deliberative AI for NPC Control by Luke Dicken
Cross Platform Game Development in C# by Matthieu Laban, Philippe Rollin, and Miguel de Icaza
Control, Configure, Monitor and View Your Game Engine From the Web by John McCutchan
Accelerating Game Physics for Heterogeneous CPUs & GPUs by Erwin Coumans (speaker declined to share)
Understanding the Second Generation of Behavior Trees and Preparing for Challenges Beyond by Alex Champandard
Real Time Area Lighting - Now and Next by Sam Martin
PowerVR Hardware Architecture and Application Performance Guidelines by Gordon MacLauchlan
Dynamic Global Illumination by Wolfgang Engel, Tim Martin, and Igor Lobanchikov
Game Tools as a WebApp: Lessons from Insomniac’s Next-Gen Tools and Engine by Mike Acton (Coming soon!)

Education Track

Accommodating Diverse Learners: Designing an Effective E-Learning Platform by Dan Miller-Schroeder (Coming soon!)
Centred for Excellence - The Challenges Inside Abertay' Games Programmes by Ken Fee
Building Better Rubrics Using Game Design by Ian Schreiber
Educating the Next Gen. by Alex Darby
More than Software and Theory by Heather Decker-Davis

Design & Production Track

Intro to Producing for Mobile: how to "go indie", actually ship an app, and not die by Evangeline Marzec
"Scrum Bowling" : Agile Production Methodology for Indie Teams and Student Projects by Margaret Moser
Creating A Positive Online Community by Ryan Arndt
Effective PR, Marketing, and Community Management in the Indie Games Space by Erik Johnson
Operant Conditioning in MMORPG's by Mike Grimes
Game Over! Exit Strategies for Persistent Games by Ian Schreiber
Junk Master Series, Design Approaches, Issues, and Best practices by Wasin Thonkaew

Beyond this post, these videos will continue to be available under the official AltDevConf YouTube Channel!

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#2 markadrake   Members   -  Reputation: 104

Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:28 AM

Shame on you guys :/ I was hoping somebody attended the other sessions and could discuss some key points from the presentations! I guess I'll have to wait for them to put the video recordings online.

#3 gfxgangsta   Members   -  Reputation: 624

Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:10 AM

I really wanted to attend, but "life happened" this weekend. I am looking forward to the video recordings. In fact, some of them have started to surface:

Mike Acton's "Game Tools as Webapp" https://gist.github.com/1812029

#4 way2lazy2care   Members   -  Reputation: 782

Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:22 AM

I really wanted to attend, but "life happened" this weekend. I am looking forward to the video recordings. In fact, some of them have started to surface:

I was in a similar situation. I think in part I didn't really try to fit it in expecting them to be readily available after the conference itself.

#5 markadrake   Members   -  Reputation: 104

Posted 14 February 2012 - 12:59 PM

Thanks for the link gfx!

#6 LukeDicken   Members   -  Reputation: 100

Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:24 AM

Hey foks,
We're working on getting the videos together, but it is 25hrs of footage we need to gather up, monkey about with, check for errors, post-process a little bit etcetc. Unfortunately it's not something we can just slam straight up online, and we're having to coordinate with a couple of speakers to get sections of their presentations re-recorded. It all takes time, but we're working on it!

The only session I managed to sit in on was Ian Schreiber's "Game Over! Exit Strategies for Persistent Games" which was really great! Apart from that I was working across the conference for the rest of the time and didn't have chance to take in the sessions I was coordinating. I've heard some really good things about Evangeline Marzec's "Intro to Producing for Mobile" session, but really, like the rest of you, I am looking forward to getting to sit down and actually watch all the videos!

I can't tell you how much we appreciate the reaction we've had from the community - it's been incredibly intense and made all the hours we poured into making it happen very worthwhile! Please bear with us while we get through these wrap-up things!

Cheers,
Luke

#7 Hodgman   Moderators   -  Reputation: 31810

Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:08 AM

I was looking forward to it, and then forgot all weekend... Still very much looking forward to it appearing on YouTube Posted Image

#8 Litheon   Members   -  Reputation: 263

Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:20 PM

I attended
- Accelerating Game Physics for Heterogeneous CPUs & GPUs by Erwin Coumans
- Real Time Area Lighting – Now and Next by Sam Martin
- PowerVR Hardware Architecture and Application Performance Guidelines by Gordon MacLauchlan
- Dynamic Global Illumination by Wolfgang Engel and Tim Martin

For me the most interesting was the game physics on the gpu, the area lighting and global illumination were also very interesting but I had no former experience in that field so a few things went over my head :)

But I really enjoyed it!!!

#9 Hodgman   Moderators   -  Reputation: 31810

Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:59 PM

Bump, because the videos have been uploaded:
http://altdevblogaday.com/2012/02/27/altdevconf-session-videos/

#10 markadrake   Members   -  Reputation: 104

Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:39 PM

Thanks Hodgman




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