Chambara Post GDC

Okay, so we didn’t win the IGF Best Student Game Award, but I’m not bummed at all. Huge congrats to Jenny Jiao Hsia and Alec Thompson for winning the award for Beglitched! The game looks great and filled with soul.

Just to be nominated and considered amongst such incredible talent is a baffling honor and I’m proud of how far the team has been able to go. Hundreds of games applied to be considered for this award, and together, we’ve been able to accomplish what very few can. Two years ago, when we were initiating¬†Chambara¬†as a summer project at William Huber’s invitation, I never saw it coming to this. Us, exhibiting the game at the largest and oldest games conference in the world, in front of amazing developers and people who were heroes to me as a teenager. Wow!

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The Chambara team on their way out from GDC

Thanks are in order, but I’ll have to save those for when the project wraps up. For now, I’ll just say that GDC was exactly what we needed at this phase of the project. To interact with other game developers doing incredibly creative work of their own and sharing their discoveries and skills in talks and classes is incredibly refreshing, and its hard not to leave GDC invigorated to return to work.

Two months remain in my undergrad. Assuming I don’t royally mess up, things should go well.

Our next exhibition will not be one we can’t attend personally, since it is overseas! We’re exhibiting at the NowPlayThis festival in London, and if you can make it out to that, you should check it out and try all the other amazing art games there.

Furthermore, ICYMI,¬†Chambara‘s trailer and dev diaries are now out! Check them out!


 

 

Pictures I Took Recently

Wow, has it seriously been three months since I last did a photography post?

Down Market Street in San Francisco
Down Market Street in San Francisco
This shot has probably been done before. But I shot it.
This shot has probably been done before. But I shot it.
More dramatic shot from Market Street
More dramatic shot from Market Street
Looking down Hope St. in Los Angeles. Wish I shot this on film.
Looking down Hope St. in Los Angeles. Wish I shot this on film.
My friend Zach on the road trip up to GDC (I think I had a post planned for that)
My friend Zach on the road trip up to GDC (I think I had a post planned for that)
Whoa. Lights.
Whoa. Trippy.
Installation piece at the Rhythms and Visions event at USC.
Installation piece at the Rhythms and Visions event at USC.
Codeveloper Allison after a Reality Ends Here development meeting.
Codeveloper Allison after a Reality Ends Here development meeting.
Jenova Chen at the 5D Worldbuilding Conference at USC
Jenova Chen at the 5D Worldbuilding Conference at USC
My good friends Catherine and Esteban simultaneously photobombing my picture of the wall.
My good friends Catherine and Esteban simultaneously photobombing my picture of the wall.
Comics booth at the LA Times Festival of Books.
Comics booth at the LA Times Festival of Books.
Mudd Hall of Philosophy at USC. I like the little cloister they have here.
Mudd Hall of Philosophy at USC. I like the little cloister they have here.
Little hidden library I discovered before class.
Little hidden library I discovered before class.
The Who
The Who