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
CGF behind us, RTX ahead

We'd been out of practice being out in front at a big public gathering, so Classic Game Fest was a great refresher. We talked to a lot of people and will be announcing the winner of the Super Nintendo Classic mini-console giveaway soon. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for some images from the shows.

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John Henderson
May 2018 cohort begins!

Our first cohort began tonight at HOFT Institute Game Design & Development Lab. While the student we started with in January still has classes until August, we couldn't call one student a "team" -- even though he's managed to accomplish plenty on his own.

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John Henderson