The student community of the International Game Developers Association
Industry Speaker Series: “Ask Me Anything”
Every week, we invite games industry professionals from around the world to speak with students about their careers, projects, and more. These events follow the popular “ask me anything” format, and they’re hosted on our community discord server, usually over voice chat.
John Smith is a composer and sound designer based in Seattle who works under the name Slide20xl. His credits include music and sound design for the VR title Rec Room, the neuroscience game EyeWire, and an upcoming rhythm game which will feature music from Grant Kirkhope and other big-name composers. Check out his website and Twitter.
Gideon Gyabaah is an indie game developer who grew up in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. He currently lives in Canada where he attended university, then worked as a web developer, a game development instructor, a developer at GameTronics (they make electronic slot machines), a localization engineer at THQ. Today he runs his own indie company called Illuminia Studios, where they make games inspired by Afrofuturism and other Indigenous cultural thematics. His current game is called BOAA (Bounty On An Asteroid). Visit his website and follow him on Twitter.
Hailing from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, Coraly’s adventure started over 12 years ago when she first took interest in graphic design and teaching. Later, her innate interests naturally evolved into a love-affair with UI/UX in games, working at startups like Beyond Games, Fingerprintplay, and continuing to teach others about user research and experience design in the mobile games industry. She’s currently a Senior UX Designer designer at Scopely on the Wheel of Fortune team. Follow Coraly on Twitter.
Mike Sellers has been in the games industry for decades. He was the lead designer for Meridian 59, the first 3D MMO game. He’s also worked on The Sims 2, Ultima Online, a mix of indie, AAA, retail, and F2P games, and he once worked on AI for DARPA. He is currently teaching at Indiana University, where he is the Director of the Game Design program.
This is a recording of an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session with Mike Sellers, hosted by the IGDA Student SIG. If you’re interested in doing an AMA with students, you can sign up here.
“I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I love story-driven, adventure, puzzle, and platformer games. I’m a big horror fan. My Twitter handle is @chulatastic, and my company’s website is elinemedia.com.”
Taro Omiya and Frederika Edgington-Giordano run the Tech Valley Game Space. TVGS is one of the largest non-profit gamedev communities in the Capital Region of New York founded on the principle that games and game-making are for everyone. Taro and Frederika are the directors who handle the co-working office and the educational hub of TVGS respectively. Come learn about what’s necessary to prepare a game-maker community, how one should teach game-making, and the importance of diversity for the game industry. Follow Taro and TVGS on Twitter.
This is a recording of an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session with Taro Omiya and Frederika Edgington-Giordano, hosted by the IGDA Student SIG. If you’re interested in doing an AMA with students, you can sign up here.
Dr. Luke Dicken is Zynga Inc’s Director of Central and Strategic Analytics, where he leads teams in driving innovation across the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, and Data Science, with a particular focus on applications to large-scale business problems. He is also Chair of the IGDA Foundation, a charity by game developers for game developers. Luke has previously founded his own studio, and he was the first person outside North America to be elected to the IGDA Board of Directors. Follow him on Twitter and check out his website.
This is a recording of an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session with Luke Dicken, hosted by the IGDA Student SIG. If you’re interested in doing an AMA with students, you can sign up here.
(The speaker requested that this session not be recorded)
Rebecca is a UI artist and developer for AAA games. Before game development, she was a web designer! She’s worked on games like Assassins Creed and Shape Up. Rebecca is also the co-founder of Pixelles (women-in-games nonprofit), co-organizer of GameLoop Montreal (games unconference), and has a weakness for all kinds of potato chips. Follow Rabecca on Twitter.
“Ask me about UI art + dev, switching from web to games, starting grassroots organizations from nothing and advocacy + diversity work! ( Je parle français aussi )”
Location: The IGDA Student SIG Discord Server, on the #ask-me-anything channel for text, and the 🔊AMA Voice channel for voice chat. Both channels can be found under the “Event Channels” category.
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 23rd at 11:00am EST, and the event will last for one hour.