Athens, OH 27 October 2012 – One of the student organizations I got involved with this year is OUGDA, which stands for Ohio University Game Design Association. OUGDA is an organization for anyone who wants to make video games no matter what major they are. We meet once a week and do some sort of game-design-related activity. For example, this past week there was a charades competition only instead of acting the words out yourself, you animate a 3D model of a person to act them out.
They also have these things called game jams every once in a while. A game jam is an event that lasts all day from early in the morning to late at night. During this time we create a game together from start to finish which includes coming up with the idea/design, doing all the animation and modeling, and doing all the programming.
Other than the different events, OUGDA also has a mentoring program. That means that members can choose to be mentored in one or more of a few different areas (programming, 2D art, 3D modeling, level design, and more!). Then a more experienced member will serve as a mentor in that area. The mentors will give out “homework assignments” that can be completed at your own pace and they also offer advice and answer questions. So far, I have learned a lot from being in OUGDA and I have definitely had a lot of fun doing it. I can’t wait to see what else we do throughout the rest of the year