I've just come back from a pretty good night at the first Melbourne International Game Developers Meetup Day.
I was worried that I'd meet a lot of scary psycho people...and I did but they were great to talk to :). There were people from many different backgrounds and experiences. Eight people attended and we all learnt a little about each other and traded horror stories from the development trenches. We also discussed favourite games, pet projects and just generally just babbled on until late into the night. One of the guys brought his art folio with a lot of kickass pieces of work.
We had a couple of professional guys who worked in the gaming industry and others who worked in general IT. We also had guys who have just started university (me included) and others who are close to finished or have finished.
I'm still not really sure what people expect from these informal meetings but for me it was great to meet other people who share my passion for computer game development. It's nice to know that other people also spend inordinate amounts of time working on their projects too.
One of the things that I picked up was that the gaming industry can be a scary place and that you have to be sensible in your dealings. On the other hand it is not impossible to get in and that generally there are a lot of people who love creating games and they come from all different backgrounds.
Other fun things I learnt
? Network agents are not just people who chase Neo around the Matrix
? Maya is evil
? Renderware can be evil
? Feature creep is evil
? Bankruptcy is common
? Canada is funny
? There are really smart people in this industry
? There are really silly people in this industry
? Python can be cool
? Scorched earth has impacted us all
? Pet projects are a must
? AIE programming students are lucky
? AIE art students are not so lucky
I'm looking forward to shooting the breeze again next month with all of you. New members are welcome at all times. If anybody has any suggestions for new directions the meeting should take please speak up.
Thanks to all who came
PS. As of now we are the thirteenth largest meet up group in the world with 35 members.