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Global Game Jam 2013 Team Videos

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

In case you missed the event but want to find out what happened in 48 hours of intense game-making, here’s your chance. Check out the videos that recap each of the teams who worked their magic at Cogswell College during Global Game Jam 2013.

This international event of more than 16,000 jammers took place in 63 countries with 319 sites hosting teams. Worldwide more than 3,000 games were developed. Cogswell has been a host site since the first Global Game Jam in 2009 and is happy to continue providing a forum that helps push the boundaries of game development.

Our site’s teams had a lot of fun and are proud of what they accomplished in a short period of time.

Team “Allergy Alliance

Team “Heart Attack

Team “Knights of the Longtable

Team “Rocketblood

Team “Tinman

Cogs Con 2013 Coming Soon!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

It’s time to spend some time in Nerd’s Paradise. Join us at Cogswell College on Saturday, April 27, from 10AM to 6PM for Cogs Con 2013 – a celebration of everything that makes our student body special. Visiting artists, alumni and students will fill the Dragon’s Den with their handiwork and considerable talents. Admission Tickets are $5 online and $10 at the door.

In addition to the displays of art, games and craft items a host of activities are scheduled throughout the day. Check out the exhibitors already confirmed.

Scheduled Activities Include:

Character Design Panel

Special Guest: Bordin will be hosting a panel on character design, how it’s done and his creative process. Depending on how tired his hands are, he may be able to demo his unique art style.

Magic the Gathering Draft:

Cogswell’s Friday Night Magic club will be hosting a draft tournament of the Gatecrash expansion. The tournament is open to EVERYONE will be Single Round Elimination. The entry fee is only $3.00! The prizes may range from a fat-pack, to half a booster box!

DND Delve:

For those who enjoy table-top gaming we will have an experienced Dungeon Master who will be bringing pre-made characters and a quick delve for anyone interested. There will probably be a limit of 5 players.

C4 Lottery Raffle:

Just like last year, Cogswell Comic Creation Club will be having a huge raffle that will be held near the end of the event. Tickets will be cheap 1 for $1 or 12 for $10! We will have a variety of cool prizes so don’t miss out!

Masquerade Event:

Fan of anime and good at imitating your favorite character? Then take part in the Masquerade Event. Just like last year we will be judging you on creativity and skill. Display the craft of Cosplay well and you may just win some amazing prizes.

Concept Art Demo:

Cogswell Seniors Frankie Perez and Kyle Sewnarain will be hosting a live demo of character and environmental concept art! Watch as the use their knowledge of art and design to create fantastic pieces and talk about what it means to work as a concept artist!

DATE:  Saturday, April 27

TIME:  10AM to 6PM

WHERE: Cogswell College, 1175 Bordeaux Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Tickets $5 online and $10 at the door

Photos from CogsCon 2012

Look Who Took the 12 Hour Comic Challenge

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

On Friday, February 15, the Cogswell Comic Creation Club – fondly known around campus as the C4 – seven hardy souls and one faculty adviser gathered in room 156 at 2:00PM for 12 hours of intense comic development. Yes, that does mean that they were busy drafting and drawing in this art form until 2:00AM Saturday morning.

The goal was for each participant to generate one six page story. They were well fortified with snacks and caffeine enhanced beverages.

Some students created their artwork the old-fashioned way – using paper and pencil – while others generated their comics straight from their computers. A lively discussion ensued about digital versus hand-drawn. The main question centered on, can you say you are selling original artwork if it’s digital? They didn’t reach a conclusion but had a good time arguing the pros and cons of each method.

Can’t wait to see the final products!

Let us know what you think about the digital versus hand-drawn debate.

Oscar Nominated Short Films in San Jose

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Here’s your chance to actually see the Oscar Nominated short films on a big screen in a local theater. The San Jose Camera 3 will screen all of the shorts today and tomorrow.

Camera 3 is located at:  288 S. Second St.,San Jose,CA,95113  (408) 294-3334

Screening Schedule:

2/1 (4:45p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated
2/1 (6:50p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated
2/1 (8:50p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action
2/2 (12:25p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated
2/2 (2:25p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated
2/2 (4:25p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action
2/2 (6:50p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated
2/2 (8:50p) The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action

Brown Bag Lunch Talk on January 23

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

How do people closest to Cogswell College – students, faculty and staff – describe the institution that is so much a part of their lives?

The join us for our monthly General Education Brown Bag Talk on:

Date: Wednesday, January 23,
Time: 12:30 to 1:30
Place: Cogswell College Campus, 1175 Bordeaux Dr, Sunnyvale, CA in Room 172
Presenter: Deb Snyder, Communications Consultant
Topic: How We See Ourselves: Thoughts on the Cogswell Descriptor Survey

In December 2012 Cogswell faculty, staff and students were asked to complete a short survey. The goal was to find the top five to ten words that the majority of respondents say depict what the College is all about.

Curious? Then stop bring your lunch and join the conversation!

How Do You Create Your Next Game?

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Game Design Conference just posted video from its first conference on September 17th with the answer to this question. The conference had a great line-up of speakers including a panel made up of Brad Muir – DoubleFine Studios, Frederic Marcus – Lucas Arts, Stephanie Morgan –, Randy Angle – LudusLabs and Randy Mosiondz – Cryptic Studios. Ann Burkett, Founder of Game Design Conference and Cogswell’s own Debby Hindus, Executive Director of our Entrepreneurship Program, moderated the panel.

Ann and the rest of the crew at Game Design Conference, keep up the good work and thanks for sharing!

Cogswell College Hosting Site for 2013 Global Game Jam

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

The 2013 Global Game Jam – slated to run from January 25 to 27, 2013 – brings together thousands of game jam enthusiasts from all over the world and Cogswell College will play host again this year.

Each year the number of participating countries grows as does the number of sites available to participants. So far 270 jam sites in 58 nations are set to go. GGJ 2013 also welcomes the first-time participation of 10 new countries: Bolivia, Chile, Egypt, Greece, India, Macedonia, Morocco, Nigeria, Serbia and Tunisia. Cogswell College has been a Bay Area host since the first event in January 2008.

The Global Game Jam begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25 and ends at 3:00p.m. on Sunday, January 27.

Game Jams foster innovation and experimentation – it’s all about making games. A game jam is not for the faint of heart. Expect two days of hard work, experimentation, little sleep, new friends, great ideas, laughs, technical issues and the time of your life.

What could be better than the chance to challenge your creativity and technical expertise in a collaborative marathon? If you can’t think of anything, then join us and be part of the experience!

Learn more about the event and reserve your space now.

Space limitation:

50 participants, so make sure to register early.


$10 Students (with a college email address)

$20 Cogswell Alumni

$40 General Public

Students, Faculty & Staff Help Needy

Monday, December 17th, 2012

This year, Cogswell participated in the Family Giving Tree Holiday Wish Drive which fulfills the needs of children in low-income neighborhoods who would go without anything during the holidays. Students, faculty and staff donated almost 80 gifts!

Cogswell’s Seeing The Hobbit!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

All Cogswell students are invited to attend the final free ASB movie of 2012: The Hobbit!  The event takes place tonight at 9:00 pm.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to celebrate the end of finals!!

FESTIVUS – a holiday for the rest of us!

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Cogswell students are invited to join ASB for our first annual Festivus celebration!

When: December 14
Time: 6:00PM
Where: Dragon’s Den at Cogswell College

What, you ask, is Festivus?

It’s for the student who “reserves the right to celebrate a made-up holiday.” Basically it’s a chance to get together with your fellow students and relax after the grueling finals week.

What will happen during Festivus?
Potluck – everyone is encouraged to bring a delicious treat. Pizza and Festivus bagels will be provided.

Airing of Grievances – you get to tell the ones you love how they have disappointed you over the past year (but make it fun – so it’s all in jest and no feelings hurt!)

Feats of Strength – Show how macho (what’s the female version?) you are and challenge the event organizer to an arm wrestling match. Mats may be provided.

Raffle – at the end of the event, everyone who attended will be eligible to win an – as yet to be determined – fabulous prize.

Come and join us and most of all celebrate the end of finals!!