The University of Texas at Austin’s Electronic Game Developers Society (EGaDS) student organization hosted its Fall 2015 Kickoff Meeting on Thursday, September 10th. More than 100 UT students interested in game development gathered in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) to learn about the organization, upcoming events, and hear a presentation by a special guest speaker from Microsoft.
Tsitsi Gora, Hardware Interaction Designer at Microsoft, a GAMMA Industry Partner, gave the Microsoft keynote talk. Gora lead EGaDS members through the future of gaming, particularly in regard to the advancement of gaming hardware. Focusing on the Microsoft Xbox Elite Controller and augmented/virtual reality devices, Gora showed how hardware is affecting gameplay for both the game designer and player. During the Q&A that followed, Gora stressed that core game design and mechanics still remains imperative, regardless of advanced technology.
“Microsoft’s hardware technology is pushing the envelope of gameplay through its advanced controllers,” said Dr. Paul Toprac, Associate Director and Senior Lecture of the GAMMA Program. “I am interested to see how GAMMA students start to incorporate the technology into their games.”
“The GAMMA Program is such a relevant and exciting program to be involved with,” said Roy Sharples, Director, Business Incubation & Market Development at Microsoft. “Both Tsitsi and I were impressed with the creativity, imagination, passion and excitement fueled by Paul and all of the students involved.”
Future EGaDS meetings will be held bimonthly on Thursdays at 7:00pm in GDC 6.302. Find more information about upcoming EGaDS events at http://www.egads-austin.org.
The Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program at the University of Texas at Austin is an interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate program between the College of Fine Arts, Computer Science Department, and Radio-Television-Film Department. The program produces graduates ready to design, develop, and provide leadership for the exploding growth in game, mobile app, and creative media agencies and studios in Texas and around the world. For more information on the GAMMA Program, please visit http://gamedev.utexas.edu or contact Cameron M. Weed.