New Worlds Born in the Basement of the ASB
Bellevue Professor Helps Lead Omaha Game Developers Association
New worlds are being created in the basement of the ASB (or, as you may know it, the Garden Level of the John B. Muller Administrative Services Building). Those worlds are inhabited by gun-toting Battle Bears® and law-breaking drug runners.
Don’t worry though, they leave the building intact. They all spring from the fertile minds of members of the Omaha Game Developers Association, who hold their monthly meeting at the Bellevue University location on the third Saturday of every month.
Alex Myers, Director of Bellevue University’s Bachelor of Science in Game Studies, hosts the meetings along with Dave Mark, President and Lead Designer of Intrinsic Algorithm. The meetings range anywhere from five to 35 participants and generally run from about 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“We do demos of local games that are in development,” Myers explained. “So if someone is working on a game and they need to get some feedback on it everyone brings their laptops and we just start playing. We give real time feedback. We play a lot of games.”
The group will bring in guest speakers on occasion as well. Former Electronic Arts Art Director Ken Keys is among recent speakers.
The agenda for each meeting is posted ahead of time on the OGDA blog.
“If we can get someone to spend their Saturday evening talking with a bunch of developers in Nebraska than we do that,” Myers said. “If we don’t we find something to do — someone presents or we run a workshop. We sit and talk, it’s pretty informal at times.”
The meeting also presents an excellent opportunity for students to network with industry professionals.
“It’s always good to get out there and meet people that are working professionally in the field that you want to be in especially as a student,” Myers said. “It opens up so many opportunities. The worst thing you can do is come to one of these meetings and not say a word. You have to participate. You’re not going to be excluded from a conversation just because you’re new. If anything we’re going to try to encourage you to talk.”
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