IGI Meetup September 2011

First meetup of the 2011-12 season was held að the usual hangout, the sports bar Hvíta Perlan, on 1st of September. Well attended meetup with the topic of introducing the IGI Game Creator contest that officially started the same day.

This contest is in cooperation with University of Iceland and Reykjavík University.

Taken from the gamecreator.is web site:

Game Creator is a competition for the best computer game, starting with brainstorming good ideas and, by the end of the competition, delivering a functional prototype. Don’t be alarmed if you are new to all of this – you will get help! And not just any help, experienced industry experts from Iceland’s lead gaming companies will be at your service. This Icelandic Gaming Industry competition was first held in 2010 under the name of IGI Awards with very good success.

To introduce the competition Jóhannes Sigurðsson of Gogogic went through some slides and answered questions.

During the informal discussions at the end, the discussion turned to hackathons, where participants get something like 24 to 48 hours to deliver a game. One person in the audience, Eiríkur Heiðar, pointed out that he and his team, Aranja, participated in Node.js Knockout, a 48-hour hackathon that took place in August. They delivered a game called Outburst. Needless to say, he and the team were pulled to the stage to do a demo. The team of four, Eiríkur Heiðar, Ari Þór, Sveinn and Ægir, made this multiplayer game where players guard some sheeps from killer robots.

Game can be found here: http://www.outburstgame.com/

Watching killer robots attack some livestock was a good ending to a good evening.