5th 8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Nite

Oh yes it’s that time again.  This Saturday sees our established monthly Autism Friendly Gaming Nite for a 5th time and we have a real treat for our gamers!  Lots of Retro’s – by request of course and a few other ones…think unusual and fun controllers!

Josh will host with sidekick Jake!  This Saturday 26th August 2017, 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm. Snacks and Drinks.  Tickets: £5.00 for newbies and siblings. £10.00 for regulars. Important: Pre-registration required please contact us if you intent to come along so we can ensure there is a place for you.

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Our 4th ‘8-bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Night’

This Saturday sees our 4th ‘8-bit Evolved’ Autism Friendly Gaming Night.  Rumour has it that there will be drums, guitars and a microphone as ‘8-bit Evolved’ creates its own tour with ‘RockBand’ and ‘Guitar Hero’.  

There will also be more fun on 4 player retro games and some newer titles on the Nintendo Switch.

Interested?  If you would like to be involved please register using our contact page on our website or email us at ginger@sparkyink.co.uk

 

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OUR 1st BIRTHDAY!!!

HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY to our little Studio!!!  And a BIG THANKS to our ‘inkers and thinkers’

To Celebrate we have released a small stop-motion Animation starring our unique Studio Characters ‘Sparky’ and ‘Inky’ you can find it on this link for Youtube.  As Paper is the Anniversary gift for the 1st year we thought we’d create our animation using an old favourite Ink and Card.  The Animation was made as part of an 18 hour challenge which took place yesterday where we created the artwork, cut it all out and then animated and edited it.  Phew!

So we made it to the end of our Very First Year and hasn’t that year gone super fast! I’ve spent some time recently reflecting on the years before its important to remember how you got somewhere and the last few years have been challenging from working for shockingly bad people and being treated unfairly to working with great people where longtime friendships have been made.  When I had my light bulb moment I was working an underwriter at HSBC it was 2012 and I realised I wanted to be inspired to get on with stuff, I knew I wanted to do something more.  I was creative. loved writing stories and loved Gaming so much. Having children with Autism made me want to do something digital that I could include them in.  This was my light bulb moment and I worked over the following years to try to achieve my aim of becoming a businesswoman in Digital Story-telling.  

In 2016 I finally took the plunge. I knew I had to get on with it.  I wasn’t getting any younger and I didn’t want to end up working back in a Bank unless I really had no choice.  I started from home originally and looked around for a Studio.  In July 2016 I found a little Studio at West Studios in Chesterfield and began building my company.

It hasn’t been easy, from the onset I started the Studio up from Nothing.  Hence why all our productions carry the slogan ‘Starting from Nothing’ I have had no handouts or funding. Everything has been a result of personal savings and hard graft which makes the efforts and achievements so much more fulfilling.  

Since then I’ve had some fantastic support and we would like to take this opportunity to dedicate our latest video released today to all those who have supported us.: Family, Friends, West Studios, D2N2, Derbyshire County Council and all my students and their families.  I really appreciate your help, interest and direction and wouldn’t be here with out you guys.

So here’s to another year….

This is a quick slide show of our 18 hour animation.

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The 3rd Autism Friendly Gaming Nite

Last Saturday Sparky Ink Studio proudly hosted the 3rd 8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Nite.  We had an amazing nite playing retro/not-really-retro Nintendo Switch Bomberman and Mario Karts.

We’re still looking for more people to join the event so if you live in the Chessy area or would like to hook up virtually drop us a line.

We will be posting our footage from the night during the next week or so.  Keep Tuned and thanks for watching and reading our stuff it means a lot to us.

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Our 4th Autism Friendly 8-Bit Evolved Gaming Nite will take place on Saturday 22nd July 2017.

 

Our 4th autism friendly gaming nite in association with Sparky Ink Studio.
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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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8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Nite – Month 4 EVENT

It’s that time again when we get together for our monthly Autism Friendly Gaming Nite. Last month we had an excellent evening playing some fantastic titles together.

Among the titles were some old favourites and a Game which we all agreed they should make another game of and that was Valve’s “Left4Dead”  So much fun…not a game for the fainthearted especially when the “Boomer” pukes on you and the hoard attacks or if you disturb “the witch”.  We will be putting the game footage of our evening on our youtube channel later today.

Tickets for the event are usually £13.50 but we have reduced them as an Easter Spring treat to £10.00.  It’s a 2.5 hr session with drinks, salty snacks and haribos available.  Give us a shout if you would like to book a place.

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A Crazy Fun Taster Session – Human Animation

As a Studio we regularly nip out and about to do taster sessions of the workshops that we offer.  Its a great chance to meet likeminded people at events and interact with local social groups.  At the beginning of the year we were invited to Chesterfield Autism Acceptance Group who meet at Monkey Park CIC in Chesterfield.

We had a really fun evening even though our technology was playing up everyone got together and made a Human Animation.  Some of the younger members were really intereted in the Stop-motion Animation and created a ‘Mario’ type Animation.

The Sparky Ink Team had a fab night and this is a good chance to say a Big Thanks for having us!

As part of Autism Awareness Week we have produced the footage of that night and messed around a bit with it.  It was great Crazy fun!!!  Check out the Video on our Youtube Channel ‘Sparky Ink’  Give us a like and subscribe if you can and check out our other vids.  If you’d like to donate for Autism Awareness Week please check out out JustGiving Page at http://www.justgiving.com/sparkyink

Find our latest vid at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2ufT7vmqZQ  Thank you for viewing.

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BANANA WARS – Autism Awareness Week

As the Doomsday clock hits 3 minutes to midnight ‘Banana-Scoffer’ a small fat orange Alien with an extremely long sticky tongue lands on a table in Chesterfield, England.  His mission is to find and eat as many Banana’s as possible before they become extinct.  As Banana-Scoffer sits exercising his incredibly long tongue and twirling his eyes he notices a ‘random legoman’ enticing a ‘Lego ATAT’ with the world’s last Banana…he has to have it…no matter what…he reaches out for it…

Check out our new youtube video (Sparky Ink) to see how the story ends…

This video is presented on our channel and is dedicated this week to Autism Awareness Week.  Please subscribe to our channel, like and share.

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