Art Institute of California ‘ Los Angeles cut the ribbon to officially open its new, state-of-the-art Game Center on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 26. The event drew a crowd of both students and professionals in the fields of game development and animation, who toured the facility and enjoyed a private screening of work by Game Wizards, the student game development team at AI’s Los Angeles campus.
The event started with a well-attended exposition of new hardware, software, games and technology presented by Game Center partners and sponsors. Company representatives were on hand to talk shop and share their latest offerings with artists, engineers, designers, educators, technical experts and programmers, while others seized the opportunity to network with other gaming professionals and enthusiasts.
“The opening of the Game Center is the first step towards creation of a permanent location for showcasing the latest achievements of the game development industry and a museum of computer games,” says Game Center Liaison Bijan Tehrani.
Aside from the impressive work being created by the student crew of Game Wizards, one of the coolest aspects of the Game Center is its on-site motion-capture studio featuring top-of-the-line technology donated by sponsor Motion Analysis Corp. Other Game Center partners include Alias, AMD, Animation Magazine, Autodesk Inc., Avid Computer Graphics, F. Dice, International Game Developers Assn. (IGDA), Luminetik Animation Studios, nPower Software, Nvidia Corp., PC Unlimited, Peachpit Press, Pioneer (USA), Seagate Technology, SilverStone, Tyan Computer Corp., ViewSonic and wondertouch.
One of the Game Center’s on-going activities is the Animation 21 Lecture Series, which invites professionals and celebrities working in animation, game sand digital filmmaking to present their work. The lectures are held ten times a year and are immediately followed by meetings of the Los Angeles chapter of IGDA. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Game Center will also present A Touch of the GDC on the first Saturday after the Game Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. Starting on 2007, the annual event will showcase conference highlights at The Art Institute for those who are not able to attend the conference and expo. On the same day, students and graduates can attend The Game Center Job Fair, held in cooperation with IGDA and The Art Institute of California ‘ Los Angeles Career Services Department. Other planned events include an annual Art Festival that will feature competitions for both students and professional developers.
Free membership to the Game Center is available to students of The Art Institute of California ‘ Los Angeles, members of the IGDA L.A. chapter and industry professionals. To apply, contact Bijan Tehrani at (818) 613-4227 or [email protected]
photo courtesy of Shahla Bebe