We won’t let you listen to that inner voice that tells you that you can’t. Trust us, you can.
We are proud to offer a welcoming community and co-working space for game makers on any level. It’s important to us that everyone supports one another and acts as mentors and educators. Everyone has something to bring to the table.
WHAT WE OFFER
FOR GAME MAKERS
Located at 30 3rd St. in Troy, NY our co-working space is both inclusive and affordable for those interested in working on games or learning more about them. We work in connection with Tech Valley Center of Gravity.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
All month long we have different meetings and events where game developers and people interested in video games can meet, collaborate, and have fun. Check out our schedule for upcoming events and meetings.
If you’re interested in a more specific topic, we have Orbit groups, where you can join in with other like-minded folk and learn more about it!
FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS
#INCLUDE GAME JAMS
No experience making games? Not a problem for us at TVGS. #include Game Jams are for anyone to join in and learn how to make a game. Everyone is welcome at the Game Space at any time. But if you’re feeling a little shy, this might be a good event to launch from.
Every month during Troy Night Out, come and check out some of the games made by local game developers. Some of them will even be there on-hand to field questions, or just to get super excited with you about all the awesomeness.
As one of the largest game development community in the New York’s Capital Region, we have a wide array of local talents ready to be hired and/or improve your studio. We also help build a stronger game development ecosystem by developing local talents into professionals. Contact us for more information.
From the professional industry to non-profits, our knowledge of the local area in regards to the gaming industry and economical development is wide and varied. If ever in need of help in spreading the word of your cause, we can help. For a more international audience, we attend global industry events and conferences, bringing the games of the Capital Region to a wider audience. Again, contact us for more information.
While more casual, in regular events such as Game Club and Community Night, our community encourages asking the question of what a game says, and why. We regularly review the meanings behind many games, from hobbyists projects to professional releases. For more information on each event, check out our schedule for upcoming events and meetings.
We aim to encourage and enable everyone in the New York Capital Region to create games.
Tech Valley Game Space is a volunteer-driven and member-supported nonprofit organization founded on the principle that games and game-making are for everyone. We are building a stronger ecosystem for game makers throughout the NY Capital Region. The centerpiece of these efforts is our location in Troy NY, which serves as a co-working venue, communal hub, and safe space where game makers of all backgrounds and experience levels can gather to collaborate, share knowledge, and support one another.
Our community is at the heart of everything we do. Using our collective talent and enthusiasm, we constantly strive to increase the accessibility of game development mentorship and skill-building opportunities available to people in all corners of the Capital Region. Our co-working space allows individuals to build on their knowledge to grow their projects to a larger endeavor. We develop classes and diversity-focused education programs that we provide to the public, both at our venue in Troy and throughout the region via partnerships with schools and other local organizations that share our values.
TVGS is an inclusive space where we want everyone to feel safe and welcome. Please read our Code of Conduct and Safe Space Policy.
We’re a non-profit organization chartered in the State of New York, and we are incredibly thankful to our volunteers who keep us going.
Taro Omiya – Chair
Co-founder of Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS), and a Japanese-American indie game developer of eight years with over 40 games under his belt, Taro is a creative force dedicated to building a thriving game development environment in the Capital Region. A 2010 Computer Science graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Taro holds twelve years of cumulative professional software engineering experience, including Boeing. He has shifted his talents to helping non-profits around the region, such as serving as a board member for the International Game Developer Association (IGDA) Albany chapter for five years, and serving as Executive Director for the TVGS between April 2017 to February 2020.
Dan Tanguay – Secretary
Dan is a Game Designer, Game Director, Writer, and Founding Member of Vicarious Visions. He is best known for his work on Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2. He was instrumental in growing Vicarious Visions from a 10-person startup into a Blizzard studio, and he continues to grow the studio’s design expertise to this day. He has spent his entire 24-year career developing games in the Capital Region and gives back to the local development community whenever he can.
Jarell is primarily a 3D artist and programmer, born and raised in the Capital Region. With a wide variety of professional experience ranging from 3D art production, to game programming, to game development instruction, and more. He has always been enabled by his core passion of learning new things and passing that information along in more easily accessible ways. In 2016, Jarell earned a BFA in 3D Digital Design and a minor in Game Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. And he’s been constantly involved with things in and around game development and education ever since.
Neil “Yoshi” Alers
Degrees in English Creative Writing, Psychology, and Computer Information Systems from education institutions around the US, including The University of Chicago. High school included Bangkok Thailand and Irvington NY. The scholar-athlete medaled in National and inter-state track sprint competitions and played center-striker for soccer champions.
Yoshi joined TVGS in 2015. He wrote four articles that got published at the University at Albany, featuring TVGS. The articles also resulted in Yoshi befriending the CEO of SpaceoutVR, V Owen Bush. Yoshi prototyped intellectual property from a prior venture and established a new company with personnel including V Owen Bush as COO (after SpaceoutVR dissolved) and an old partner from Singapore, Sun Yu-li. Yoshi’s prototype and computer game designs were built, by the former programmer-artist team that made the SpaceoutVR app, into the Mirrored app. The new company, Organic Automated Intelligence, Inc., made it to the high tech startups market, seeking venture capital, in 2018-2019. The company came close to patenting a revolutionary utilization of the binary CPU. The Mirrored app was a personalization tool for labeling and associating content, beginning with the player; it was a systems experiment with a database back-end, and real-time results displayed online.
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