NIU’s new student club, the Game Developer Club, will offer everyone from master game designers to coding noobs the chance to play, explore, and create video games.
Students are welcome to attend the club’s inaugural meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Digital Convergence Lab, Founders Memorial Library, Room 338.
These monthly meetings will offer students the chance to work collaboratively on game projects and discuss current topics in the game development community with professional game designers and other experts.
The Digital Convergence Lab empowers students, faculty, staff and community members by bringing people together in the exploration of new media, experiential learning, and interdisciplinary research.
They have created several interactive virtual experiences including Surviving the Ash, an immersive 3D game inspired by Mike Mullin’s teen novel “Ashfall;” and Picodroid and Bunnies in Space, video games that use Microsoft’s XBox 360 Kinect interface technology to engage students in physics and reading respectively.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Eamon Newman and Eric Russell , two of DCL’s game developers, will unveil minecraft.niu.edu and coordinate the development of a virtual NIU campus in Minecraft. They also plan to introduce new game-building tools and tutorials.
Snacks and drinks will be provided at the meeting. Parking is free on campus starting at 7 p.m.