Video Game Programming
Imagination is everything.Albert Einstein
It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
The Museum’s educational mission is to share and use science fiction as a way to inspire imagination and motivate learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. What better way to educate and entertain than with video games? Science fiction has always been the perfect setting for video game series. The Museum believes that video games provide a bridge between art and computer science.
Escape Velocity’s mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our young people in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational, and entertaining science festival in the United States using science fiction as the primary engine.
Microsoft Surface Gaming
Learn how to get the most out of a Surface 3, whether you use it for work, at home, or in the classroom. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know with a complete overview of the device, from case to Kickstand. We’ll show you how Surface 3 offers the best of both a laptop and a tablet, and how it can fit into your lifestyle.
Build Your Own Game
Have a great idea for a game? Build it yourself! In this 1-hour workshop we will explore several tools that you can use to create your own games, even with little (or no) programming experience. We will use one of the tools to build a mini game. Bring a laptop if you wish to follow along with the demo.
Hit Confirm: A Lecture on Character Design for Video Games
This crash course looks at the history of character design for games and explores how character design has evolved throughout the various generations. Certain contributing factors will be explored: genre, technical limits, setting, and target audience.
Next Generation Virtual Reality Demos
Experience VR with some of the latest VR technology out there and explore your favorite game worlds like you never have before. Our VR demos showcase the immersive power of cutting edge of these futuristic entertainment devices by putting you right into the game.
An Uncanny Connection: Comics and Video Games
Talk with industry pros about the relationship comics and games share. We will discuss the history of comics and games as new media. See how these two mediums inspire and interact with one another to form a larger narrative universe. Compare and contrast the structure, art, and writing of these mediums.
Come join the Museum of Science Fiction’s own private Minecraft server. The server is running survival multiplayer with a big community of builders and Star Wars role-play enthusiasts - with space for hundreds of more themed building areas. The server will be hosting building competitions; trivia contests; redstone computer building; roleplay; and more. Join the server admins and players from around the world in our huge Minecraft world.
To join, just send a one-word email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jump start your Minecraft Modding Career with this interactive workshop brought to you by the Mason Game and Technology Academy! Learn basic mod creation including custom blocks, items, weapons, textures, and more! Get a feel for how Minecraft Modding works and leave with the ability to continue your work within the mod community! Come with a laptop to get help and advice from workshop staff! Make sure to have Minecraft installed, along with the all powerful MCreator software.
Go beyond the basics with Minecraft
Learn how to save and share your worlds, install worlds and resource packs, and create and install mods. If you wish to follow along, bring a laptop with Minecraft (https://minecraft.net/download) installed and a Mojang account (https://minecraft.net/store/minecraft).
Art Way Alliance
Introducing children to a different mode of art. Working throughout the Metropolitan area with schools and partnering with other organizations, Art Way Alliance's initial goal is to host workshop programs of varying length for children and teens who want to learn how to draw comic books and/ or manga and anime, a Japanese style of comic books and cartooning respectively. Children will learn the history behind the style and become acquainted with notable examples of the art. Art Way Alliance has partnered with mainstream Professional Comic Book Artists and Independent Artists who are willing to devote their time to teaching the art of drawing and producing sequential art. website: http://www.artwayalliance.org
Boy Scouts Game Design Workshop
Complete various tasks towards earning the Boy Scouts Programming Merit Badge. More information will be made available as we get closer to the event. In this workshop children will write a vision statement for their game. Identify the medium, player format, objectives, and theme of the game. Children will also describe the setting, story, characters, make a preliminary list of the rules of the game, define the resources, and draw the game elements. software needed: http://www.kodugamelab.com
Stay tuned, more video game programming announcements coming soon
The Museum of Science Fiction and Escape Velocity are nonprofit 501c(3) organizations