Adobe Game Jam – New York City


I’m happy to finally be able to announce Adobe Game Jam New York City. It will take place March 8th and 9th at the swanky Adobe offices in Times Square. This will be the first game jam that will allow you to build your game using either Flash or HTML5. Flash-based games must be built using Stage3D. For HTML5 games, you will need to use the CreateJS framework and create at least some of your assets using the exporter in Flash CS6.

Space for this particular game jam is limited due to the office space we have. We can only fit 35 developers, which hopefully will turn out to be around 7 teams of 5. Please don’t register for this unless you know you are going to attend and please make sure you cancel if something comes up. There will be a waiting list so be sure to sign up for that if it gets full.

Go on over to the EventBrite page to register and get all the details. You can also register for it below. Free food, booze, prizes, and gaming in NYC. It’s gonna be fun!

Join me at MAX for a full-day of gaming


Yes it’s that time of year again. Actually it’s a different time this year but nonetheless, it’s time to start preparing for Adobe MAX. I’m happy to announce that I’ll be doing a full day pre-conference workshop entitled Building Games with the Adobe Gaming SDK. In it I’ll be covering all of the new tools and frameworks like Starling, Feathers, Away3D, and also profiling with Adobe Scout.

Here is the official description:

Interested in building games? Come to this lab to learn how to develop an ActionScript-based game using Adobe gaming technologies and tools, and start producing highly successful games for both the web and mobile devices.

Lee Brimelow, Gaming Evangelist at Adobe will:

  • Show you how to use the standard Adobe Gaming SDK frameworks (Starling, Feathers, Away3D) and others to allow your games to fully tap into the power of the GPU
  • Demonstrate how to add physics and other popular game features leveraging third party game libraries
  • Guide you through the new features available in FlashPro and FlashBuilder to streamline your development
  • Teach you how to fine-tune your games to achieve maximum performance

Skill level: Beginner

I will also spend some time talking about HTML5 gaming as well. I hope you can come and join me for the day!

Coming to London for the Tiga Game Jam


I’m excited that I will be coming back to the homeland to attend the TIGA GameHackDays in London. I have heard nothing but good things about these events and it will be great to be involved. I will be joined by my fellow evangelist Renaun Erickson. I think we are going to do a presentation but the primary reason for our being there is to answer any questions the hackers have about Adobe gaming technology.

The event takes place on March 8th-10th at Modern Jago. Go on over and register and I look forward to seeing you there!

Adobe Game Jam Coming to Germany


We promised we would be doing game jams in Europe and I’m happy to announce the first one. It will take place at the Adobe office in Hamburg, Germany on February 15th and 16th. I can’t say enough good things about these game jams. They are a great way to learn a ton of stuff and also to network with other developers. Like I have said before, you do not need prior gaming experience to attend these. Register below.

The value of joining a game jam


One of things that people have been asking me is whether or not they can participate in a game jam if they have no prior game development experience. The answer is a huge yes! My eyes were really opened to the value of game jams when we put on the first official Adobe jam last month. There were folks from all types of different disciplines including developers, designers, product managers, and even musicians. All came away learning something new. Check out this video to see some of the action.

Taking part in a game jam or hackathon can often be much more valuable than attending a normal conference. Rather than just listening to presentations, you instead join a team and actually build something. Another important point is that people usually work in a fun, collaborative manner and it is by no means a cutthroat competition. Even if you have no interest in games, the skills you pick up can translate to a lot of other areas.

Ok so now that I have convinced you to attend a game jam, why not come to the one Adobe is putting on in Chicago at the end of this month? There will be food, beer, and best of all, the event won’t cost you a dime! If you’re interested go on over and register and I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.