8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Nite….Is BACK!

ONE WEEK TO GO…..To our Autism Friendly Gaming Nite is BACK on Saturday 24th June 2017.  The doors open at 6.30 pm for social gaming.  It’s tickets only guys so to order your ticket please use the contact page at our website www.sparkyink.co.uk and we will come back to you.  Tickets are £10.00 with a £5.00 subsidy for first-timers or siblings.  Tickets are payable on the night in cash or via bank transfer.

Our gaming nights are designed to be a fun social time in a safe environment with other gamers.  The session will be divided between retro and next Gen console gaming.  We also have a variety of games on Steam.  We’ve put a poll on our Facebook Page to see which Retro consoles and games people would like to play.  

It’s gonna’ be a top Banana Nite!

If you don’t live locally but would like to be involved in our Gaming nites please drop me a line as we can often hook up via skype or through online gaming.  

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Stop-motion Animation ‘The Present – The Anguish of the Unexpected’.

A while ago one of our students told us about a time when he struggled to open presents given to him because of the unexpected that lay beneath the wrappings. He explained how it caused him such a lot of anguish and anxiety that he would just hide the gift in the wardrobe or under the bed.  He would keep checking it was there over a period of time but it would still take an enormous amount of courage to open the gift.  

This little stop motion animation created in Lego is about that experience.   The little lego-man in the film is worried about whatever is in the package and how will this change something?  How will he deal with the Anguish of the unexpected.

Originally this was going to be posted during Autism Awareness Week but wasn’t quite finished in time.  We hope you enjoy it.  Check it out on our youtube Channel or through our website at www.sparkyink.co.uk

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Inking & Thinking in Games Design – Sparky PONG 2017

Sparky Ink is helping our inkers & thinkers create stories in digital format through Games Design & Development.  As part of our introduction to our  Games Design and Development Workshops, we teach students how to create a version of Atari’s first ever digital game of ‘PONG’.  Creating this game sparks lots of skills, tormented looks, shouts of joy or terror depending on what goes right and wrong.  Our inkers & thinkers start to think more about the End user, play-ability and what makes a game worthwhile.  As well as gaining some skills of understanding the engine, appearance and sounds. We usually make this game using the Game Maker 2 Engine by yoyo Games Ltd.  

I’ve put a quick games capture of a simple version which can be found on our website at www.sparkyink.co.uk  (When I recorded it there was a slight lag on the sound)  This gives an idea of a first game to build.  

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If you are interested in learning some basics of Game Design & Development please contact us either via the website or our facebook or Twitter page.  All our workshops are Autism and Disability Friendly.

We are looking to run a virtual Webinar Games Design & Development Workshop in the near future.  Contact us for more info.

 

 

FREE! TASTER SESSIONS AT SPARKY INK STUDIO

We have set up an event page with EVENTBRITE for our taster sessions.  Checkout the page at www.eventbrite.co.uk

If you live in the Chesterfield and surrounding area and would like to try one of our Stop-motion Animation Taster Sessions.  

Please contact the Studio either through our webpage at wwwsparkyink.co.uk or email us at ginger@sparkyink.co.uk.  

Please note if you book a ticket you still need to contact us prior to the event.

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Snail Race – Back Garden Eventing

So if you have some time to sit and chill you might want to watch this little Snail Race.  Filmed on a wet soggy day about a month ago.  The snail Race is an exciting way to use a Samsung S5, a Husky Studio Dog and a piece of Chalk.  The stars of the race are of course two well conditioned Snails each with a massive footprint and greased up ready for success.  Find it here on our youtube channel SparkyInkStudio

This little video is part of our Autism Awareness Week 2017 specials,

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Weird Few Weeks

Phew!  Been a dashing around and getting well after a lengthy period of illness for the ‘Sparky Inkers’.  Not only were we all taken down with a horrible flu but we also had umpteen hardware failures on our studio laptop (which has been sent off for repair) the laptop was purchased when we opened the studio in August 2016 and we got it specifically for our editing and special effects suite.  It went bang a few weeks ago and we’ve been left with my old little Samsung plug in baby which is now in its 7th year.  Unfortunately whilst its great for running old adobe programs and Unity 5 it can’t run much else.  Therefore came the decision to raid the bank account and now we are awaiting delivery of a new gaming PC and i-pad in the next few days to help alleviate all these issues.  It’s left the bank account in the red but if we want to work then this is what we’ve had to do.

Despite all of this we remain very optimistic in our ‘starting from nothing’ year zero and with the new equipment on order we are encouraged that we will finally be able to get on with work again.  To celebrate we got a new white board and pens so we can now see all our game planning at a glance.  We’re steaming a head, now after what seems like the worse few months ever which we know is probably a big exaggeration we are hopefully back on track.

Thanks to everyone who has offered words of support, sympathy and encouragement during our first 7 months of life…we so appreciate it and you know who you are.

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illness stops ‘8-bit evolved Gaming Nite’ for 2nd time in 2 months.

Due to Flu sweeping through the Studio, we regret that we have had to cancel the February Gaming night which was due to take place tomorrow.  Big apologies to our 8-bit evolved Gamers…hoping to be back to normal for Saturday 18th March for a fun night.

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