The hardest thing

Finding students for Game Lab is difficult. Far harder than most things we do, for a host of reasons that might not be obvious to those reading this site. It’s not any harder than it should be, however, so please don’t think this is anything more than a desire to Explain Things in between planning for events we host at HOFT Institute and attending events to keep in touch with the rest of the greater Austin game-dev area.

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Is summer over yet?

It’s been a hot one, and the heat has yet to leave us here in Texas. All the schools in our fine college town have begun their fall sessions, and we’re working hard to let everyone know what’s going on around Austin, including what we’re up to.

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John Henderson
Events of all kinds

As ever, thanks for reading our site. Did you see the Events page we have linked now across the top of the page? It has events throughout the Austin area and beyond, including some we have planned, or are coming from friends of ours.

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John Henderson
Feels like summer

Two weeks ago, the Game Design & Development Lab at HOFT Institute started its fourth cohort of students. “Cohort” is the word we use for each class of students expected to work individually and as a team to improve themselves and prepare for their first job using game-development skills they already have, and have come to us to polish them up.

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John Henderson
HOFT Game Lab Welcomes Mike Wikan

Mike Wikan is the newest member of the advisory board for the Game Design & Development Lab at HOFT Institute. To welcome him, we’re putting him on our home stage at the HOFT offices this Saturday afternoon for a speaker session where everyone can hear bits of wisdom from his career up until now, and ongoing. You can sign up for the session on our Facebook event page, or just show up in time to get a seat before 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

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Post-GGJ 2019

It’s been a week since HOFT Institute was host to the second Global Game Jam in Austin, which included much of Central Texas. The closest other jam location was San Antonio, which if you know Texas, is more than two hours away on a clear highway. When I made the tweet about my state of mind on the Monday after GGJ, I didn’t expect the official Global Game Jam account to respond in kind. I also didn’t know it would take the rest of the week to get into a mental state to report on it.

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John Henderson
Post-Portfolio Posse, November 2018

It’s been almost 1 full year since the first Portfolio Posse took place at HOFT Institute offices. These continue to be a great opportunity for members of the local professional community of game developers to come together, and for those pursuing careers in entertainment and technology fields that might include video games to receive their insight and fair judgment.

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John Henderson