I attended an event called ichi pixel. This is actually the second time I’ve been to this event. The first time was sometime in January. It happens to be the event’s first anniversary.
The event officially starts at 19:30 but after an hour or so, presentations by people involved with video games start. I actually wanted to try to give one too about the simple game I made but I missed the deadline. I’ll try again next time. I managed to talk to one of the people giving a presentation, and it was apparently his first time giving one. I got to try out a game he made himself called 海のカケラ (Fragment of Marine). He’ll be showing it off at the Tokyo Game Show this year, which I thought was pretty amazing considering he’s still a student.
The presentations were interesting and it’s nice to learn about what people are working on and their thought process in making a game.
After the presentations, I talked to a group of people who were actually university students learning about game development. After some chit-chat, I showed them the simple game I made, which was more like a demo. The person tried it and eventually made it to the goal. (I had to give a hint though). Before I let them try it though, I asked to give me feedback if they could. It was actually very enlightening to hear what they said, which involved some advice in level design elements. I then tried a game one of the programmers made and it was actually quite fun, I couldn’t beat the boss though. He was actually thankful that he showed it to me because he too learned about what he could improve too.
This experience helped motivate me in making a better game and think of new ideas (which I am currently experimenting with now). I’m glad I went and I’ll go again if I can.