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Game Dev 101 – Level 2

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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Game Dev 101 – Level 2

Title: Game Dev 101 – Level 2
Location: MadLab
Description: Game Dev 101 is a two day introduction to games development for those who can already code. If you’ve always fancied trying your hand at game development and know how to code to a basic-intermediate level this is the course for you.

Dates: 15 – 16-11-2014 (Saturday and Sunday)
From 10:00 to 17:00

Booking: grab a spot on Eventbrite or email us (office@madlab.org.uk) for more information/to book

 

 

Do you love video games? Have you done a bit of programming? Would you like to have a go at game development?

If you’ve already got some coding under your belt, and are keen to find out how video games are made, this is the course for you. Game Dev 101 – Level 2 is a two-day course that will take you through the fundamentals of creating videogames completely from scratch.

preview1Over the weekend, Dan will introduce you to the world of video games through both the creative elements and the technical. Dan has a hands-on approach to teaching, encouraging participants to get stuck in from the word go. The course is packed full of popular video game examples, explaining why games are enjoyable as well as technically sound – why does Sonic jump the way he does? Why is it fun to play? How can we replicate this? Dan covers both simple and complex examples to help you gain an in-depth understanding of the game development process.

 

The course centres around participant discussion and Dan regularly makes comparisons to videogames that are known and loved by all. You’ll learn why the simplest games can be a joy to play (and how easy they are to make).

preview3Attendees will come out of the course with real, practical, hands-on knowledge of how to start coding their own videogames from scratch for desktop, web, mobile and beyond. You will not only gain a practical understanding of how games are made but also an insight into what to do with that knowledge; how to make games feel nice to play and what makes games really tick. In addition to this, you’ll get a host of royalty-free assets and further reading to allow you to take your games development to the next level.

Who is this course for?

Adults who can write code to a beginner-intermediate standard or programmers who don’t currently make games and wish to branch out. If you’re interested in game development but dont know where to start then this is the course for you.

Under 18s who have completed Game Dev 101 – Level 1 or who have strong maths/coding skills are also welcome on this course – please contact us office@madlab.org.uk to discuss.

Do I need any prior skills?

Yes, you need to know how to write code to a beginner-intermediate level. If you don’t have any coding knowledge but are keen to learn game development, a course on Codeacademy or similar would get you up to scratch. You’ll also need some very basic maths knowledge, for example a grasp of co-ordinates. If you’d like to chat to us in more depth about the requirements of the course, email us at office@madlab.org.uk

What do I need to bring?

You’ll need to bring your own PC/laptop (Windows, OSX and Linux are all fine) that can connect to the internet. (If you do not have a PC/laptop please let us know via office@madlab.org.uk or 0161 839 6324 so we can arrange one for the day.)

All software is free and cross-platform. We will provide you with this in advance.

Lesson content will be provided on the day, and includes a huge collection of license-free videogame assets from kenny.nl (site is in Dutch) that attendees can use in their own future work.

How much does it cost?

£150 for the course. Prices are inclusive of VAT.

About the tutor

Dan became a lifelong videogame nerd the second he first picked up his controller. He’s now a games developer, creative programmer and gamedev educator. He works as Senior Developer for BBC Children’s and is the curator and organiser of the Manchester Game Jam and the Manchester Unity user group. A firm believer in the idea that programming is for everyone, Dan has spent the last few years teaching game development to beginners of all ages showing people creating video games is surprisingly easy when you know how!

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Cancellation Policy

At MadLab, we completely understand that stuff can crop up that’s beyond your control. So, if you cancel up to two weeks before one of our courses, we will give you a full refund (minus Eventbrite charges).

Under a fortnight: we will do our best to resell your ticket in order to give you a full refund. If we are unable to do so, we will only able to offer a refund of 50% of the ticket price.

Metnast presents: Arduino for Pd’ers

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Arduino for Pd'ers

Arduino for Pd’ers


Location: Federation House
Description: …An introduction to the world’s favourite open source electronics and computer music platforms.
Date: 27-09-2014
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:00
Booking: Sign up via Eventbrite

Arduino for Pd’ers…

…An introduction to the world’s favourite open source electronics and computer music platforms.

Arduino has fast become one of the most popular platforms for prototyping electronics hardware. It’s utilised by scientists and artists alike, and lowers the barrier to entry for creating everything from lab equipment to MIDI controllers.

In this workshop, you’ll work with experienced users of the platform to couple Arduino with Pure Data, a modular programming environment popular with electronic composers and computer musicians.

Some experience with either platform is helpful, although both environments were designed with non-programmers in mind, so even novices can create knob-twiddling, noise-making hardware and software.

The price of the course is £80, which includes an Arduino kit, but participants must have a laptop! We can’t provide any on the day so please be sure to bring one along.

Booking

Sign up via Eventbrite, or contact Metanast.

About Metanast

Metanast is a Manchester based collective focusing on sonic arts. Consisting of composers, performers and technologists holding considerable experience in their respective fields, the collective was founded to provide a platform for artists of diverse background to present their work to new audiences within a friendly and inclusive environment. At its core values, Metanast promotes collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches in creating sonic works, and inspire experimentation with new and established technologies. Moreover, the collective endeavours to provide common ground for academic researchers and independently practicing artists, and allow emerging artists to showcase their work alongside established practitioners. Metanast is a non profit collective, supported by the University of Salford, Sound and Music, the Sonic Arts Forum, and the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association.

Android Manchester

Monday, June 9th, 2014
Android Manchester

Android Manchester

Title: Android Manchester
Location: Upstairs room at Terrace (see below for details)
Description: A monthly social get together for Android devotees, and interestees to learn, share knowledge & expertise and the opportunity to ask fellow Droids questions.
Date: 15-09-2014
From 1930 to 2045
Directions to the meeting room at Terrace:

Terrace is the bar next to MadLab. It’s really easy to find. Stand facing the MadLab entrance and shuffle to your right until you get to their black double doors. Go through these, and immediately right again, through a door and up the stairs. Voila!

To find out more about why we’re temporarily relocating, click here. If you’ve got any questions about the new venue, please email office@madlab.org.uk.

Manchester Free Software

Monday, June 9th, 2014
Manchester Free Software

Manchester Free Software

Title: Manchester Free Software
Location: New Federation House (see below for directions)
Description: Manchester Free Software was formed in response to the growing need for a group based in the Manchester area that focuses on Free Software and GNU/Linux primarily, but also on issues such as Digital Restrictions Management and other issues which infringe on the freedoms of computer users.
Date: 16-09-2014
From 1900 to 2100

 

Directions to New Federation House:

With MadLab on your left, walk down to the end of Edge Street and turn left onto High Street. Take the next right on to Thomas Street and walk all the way to the end of the road towards Shudehill. At the end of the street, cross over Shudehill Road and turn left towards Shudehill tram stop. Turn right on to the tram stop platform and walk down towards The Printworks. Turn right at the end of the stop onto Danztic Street. New Federation House is on your left and the MadLab entrance is through the big black gates. There will be someone from MadLab there to greet you!

Map with directions from MadLab to New Federation House

To find out more about why we’re temporarily relocating, and for a step-by-step Street View walk-through, click here. If you’ve got any questions about the new venue, please email office@madlab.org.uk.

 

Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club – A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur by Mark Twain

Monday, June 9th, 2014
Sci-Fi Book Club

Sci-Fi Book Club

Title: Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club – A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur by Mark Twain

Location: Upstairs room at Terrace (see below for directions)

Description: Book Club for Science Fiction Fans

Date: 16-09-2014
From 19:00 to 21:00

 

 

 

 

Directions to the meeting room at Terrace:

Terrace is the bar next to MadLab. It’s really easy to find. Stand facing the MadLab entrance and shuffle to your right until you get to their black double doors. Go through these, and immediately right again, through a door and up the stairs. Voila!

To find out more about why we’re temporarily relocating, click here. If you’ve got any questions about the new venue, please email office@madlab.org.uk.