May 2018 cohort begins!

Our first "team" 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
Our friends at UT-Austin SDCT

HOFT Institute has enjoyed a long-term proximity to the University of Texas at Austin, whose main campus is a short walk east from our offices. Last week, the School of Design and Creative Technologies had an Arts and Entertainment Showcase, and invited several of our staff members. You can see some of our favorite photos on our Facebook page.

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Reblogging, and second cohort

Thanks again to Erin Taylor for enabling this blog feature. I've since updated most of the posts I'd made to the Google+ blog. You can still read all of them as they originally appeared, before.

Bigger news: The second cohort for the Game Design & Development Lab, the job accelerator for video game industry hopefuls seeking their first for-real employment, is scheduled to begin the evening of May 21, 2018.

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Unity Asset Store (March 2018)

The following was sent to Google+ on March 29, 2018:

On the eve of Portfolio Posse this Saturday, the wizards at Unity approved our student's project for sale at the Asset Store. Jonathan Friesen made ActionSequencer for his own game project within the Game Lab course, as a way for designers to define NPC behavior without having to script absolutely everything. If you're making a Unity game with NPCs that move throughout and interact with objects within a game space, maybe you should give ActionSequencer a try!

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2017 was a trying year

The following blog post was sent to Google+ on Dec. 26, 2017.

2017 was a trying year for a lot of reasons, but for HOFT Institute it was the year that the Game Design & Development Lab began. Before the year ends, here are just a few milestones that had to be met in advance of the first classes beginning Jan. 22, 2018:

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Here to begin.

The following was posted to the Google+ Blog on Dec. 13, 2017.

Here to begin.

I'm the program coordinator for the Game Design & Development Lab at HOFT Institute, based in Austin, Texas. It's a new vocational training program at an institution that's provided tutoring, ESL and mentoring services to students throughout Central Texas from their offices west of the University of Texas at Austin, since the 1980s.

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Action Sequencer

On the eve of Portfolio Posse this Saturday, the wizards at Unity approved our student's project for sale at the Asset Store. Jonathan Friesen made ActionSequencer for his own game project within the Game Lab course, as a way for designers to define NPC behavior without having to script absolutely everything. If you're making a Unity game with NPCs that move throughout and interact with objects within a game space, maybe you should give ActionSequencer a try!  LINK

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John Henderson