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Monday
Jul222019

Seeking design instructors for 2019-2020

We are hiring several instructors for the upcoming academic year to teach in our Game Design and Development program in Brantford, and currently are accepting applications.  In all of these classes, we have a common theme, and that is creating games that convey values.  If you have experience with sound design, visual design, Gamemaker, HTML5, or Unity in creating games, then consider applying for one of these positions to help our students make pro-social games to change the world!

All applications are due by July 29, 2019, and the list can be found here

Here are links to each class:
Visual Design for Games  (2D/3D Design)

Sound Design for Games (PreSonus)

Introduction to Digital Game Development (Gamemaker)

Web Game Development (HTML5)

Advanced Digital Game Development (Unity)

Mobile Game Development (Unity / Android)

If the above direct links don't work, you can find the positions by starting here and selecting Faculty of Human and Social Sciences. 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Apr172019

Behind the Scenes at the Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room World Championship

Last week was the Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room World Championship in London, England.   

On Wednesday, April 24 from 6-8pm in the BGNlab, you can learn about what when on, the design process, see some footage, and hear behind-the-scenes stories from the event.  This event is open to the public.   Information on visiting the BGNlab is here.

The narrative and challenges for this event were designed here in Brantford at the BGNlab by Scott Nicholson and a team of Wilfrid Laurier Students - Shannon McDowell, Robert Durant, Eden Snelgrove Ribovski, Gregory Edgar, Jelena Vulic, Stephan Reilly, Son Le, Austin Lee, Emily Flynn-Jones, Scott Nicholson, Kaelan Dunbar, Edward Copping, Chris Tenuta.

The talk was recorded, and here is the video of the talk:


Thursday
Apr042019

Game of the Year Fair on April 5

On Friday, April 5th, join us for our Game of the Year Fair! 

We will be celebrating our top games created by students throughout the year in our annual end-of-year event. 

 

From 5-7pm in the BGNlab, all are invited to come and see these great new games designed to change the world for good!

Our special guest game designer judges are:

Daryl Andrews, President, Maple Games
Sen-Foong Lim, Game Designer
Shannon McDowell, Red Bull Research Associate


For directions to the lab, visit http://bgnlab.ca/visiting/

Friday
Mar012019

Decolonization Game Jam March 9

Open to the Public.  Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Seats are limited.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/decolonization-game-jam-tickets-57437332608

Description

The act of appropriating a people, place, and/or domain for one's own use is a common theme in games. So-called 3x and 4x games—built around the pillars of exploration, expansion, exploitation, and extermination—encourage players to grow beyond their means, displace or dominate others for their own benefit, and even view nature and Indigenous peoples as a resource to be used or a nuisance to be exterminated.

This colonial mentality is also part of the history of this nation. Policies and laws such as the Indian Act encouraged similar kinds of behaviours we see in 3x/4x games as settlers engaged in exploration & expansion of what we have come to call Canada, displacing and/or claiming dominion over others; such acts were accompanied by the exploitation and extermination of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and land.

But while history cannot be rewritten, rules can be. Join us for the day (March 9th 9am-4:30pm*) as we explore efforts to decolonize Canada. Attendees will learn about the history of colonialism and decolonization from Jaydene Lavallie (Volunteer & Community Engagement Director, LSPIRG). This will be followed by deconstructing and reconstructing 3x/4x games such as Settlers of Catan and Small World, rewriting their rules to decolonize the games and in so doing encourage equitable, sustainable, and respectful behaviours towards other players, peoples, and lands.

* Lunch will be provided

When: March 9th, 9am - 4:30pm

Where: BGNLab (Grand River Hall, Room 201)

What: Decolonization game jam; lunch provided.

Wednesday
Feb272019

Free Escape Room

As part of the AERS2019 event, we have designed a Free Pop-up Escape Room.

It will run Monday, March 4 from 1-4pm in RCW.  It's a 10-minute game called "Easter Egg Hunt" appropriate for 1-4 players.