The Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab has several offerings scheduled for IAP, MIT's January Independent Activities Period. Generoso Fierro kicked us off in the first week and just wrapped up his Three Films By Nobuhiro Yamashita film series, and we've already blogged about the Global Game Jam at the end of the month. However, we have lots more coming up! More details (times, dates, RSVP information) can be found on the MIT IAP web site.
Want to: MAKE GAMES?
GAME DESIGN CHALLENGE: YOU'VE JUST GOT TWO STUDENTS AND A MICROPHONE
Tue-Thu, Jan 18-20, 25-27, 11am-04:00pm, NE25-375, Lecture: 11am-1pm/Lab: 2pm-4pm
Have you ever wanted to make a video game but didn't know where to start? This class will provide the tools and instruction required to create what we're calling a 'one-button audio game'. Students in the class will work in pairs to create one game using an engine created at the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab codenamed 'Click to Speak'. As part of the challenge, the games are audio only and only using sounds produced with a simple microphone.
Want to: MAKE LEVELS?
STARCRAFT 2 MAP EDITING
Talk: Mon Jan 24, 11am-12pm
Lab: Mon Jan 24, Tue Jan 25, Wed Jan 26, 12-3pm
Day Guest Discussion: Tue Jan 25, Wed Jan 26, 4pm-5pm
Enjoy StarCraft 2 but getting bored with the basic Blizzard maps? Have a great idea for a complex single-player mission, or do you just want to whip up a weird arena for your friends? GAMBIT US Executive Director Philip Tan presents a basic introduction to the StarCraft 2 Galaxy Map Editor by Blizzard entertainment. After the talk, students are invited to create their own maps on their own laptops or in the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab.
Want to: PLAY GAMES?
PLAY STARCRAFT 2
This IAP, students will be creating maps for Blizzard Entertainment's real-time strategy game, StarCraft 2. (See "StarCraft 2 Map Editing" IAP course for details.) Play their creations and give them vital feedback while crushing your enemies! Come to the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab above Legal Sea Foods in Kendall and play a couple of matches against other students. This IAP series will culminate on January 27th with a friendly tournament based entirely on the new maps. Good luck and have fun!
Join us at 4pm on Tuesday and Wednesday for pro-gamer analysis of the new maps with Sean Plott a.k.a. Day, the 2007 WCG Starcraft Pan American Champion and host of the Day Daily online show!
Want to: WATCH FILM?
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JOHN CARPENTER
As the annual "Life and Death" film symposium enters its second year we set our site on famed director John Carpenter. Through this symposium we will follow John Carpenter as he tackles most cinematic genres, meshes some of them together and even helped to kick-start a new one. From comedy, to horror, to drama, and to camp join us as we follow the directorial life and death of John Carpenter. This series is all about the films. There will be a brief introduction explaining how a particular film fits into the series, but we are mostly here to watch great movies. Candy provided, feel free to bring your dinner with you.