Philly Game Mechanics (PGM), formerly known as Philly Dev Nights, is a charitable organization that supports game development and indie game enthusiasts in Philadelphia by holding events that allows game developers of all kinds to come together in a supportive environment to showcase their creations and receive feedback.
PGM, which was created by a group of people that included Shawn Pierre and William Stallwood, provides resources and networking opportunities for creative people of all skill levels. Every week, developers, designers, artists, musicians and more come together to hangout, share and create games. While attending one of the Game Jams, I sat down with Shawn and he spoke a little bit on the purpose of the events Philly Game Mechanics hosts.
“Our goal is to is to help the local game development scene and help people make games, provide a space where they can showcase their work and provide opportunities where people can become better at their craft,” Shawn Pierre said.
“What they try to get people to do is to practice making games on a monthly basis by holding what’s called a Game Jam. Game Jams are opportunities where you have a limited amount of time and a theme, and you make a game based around those kind of rules,” Nick Madonna, the founder of a local game studio named PHL Collective, said in an interview speaking on Philly Game Mechanics.
The next upcoming event is the Game Jam Kickoff, which is taking place on June 6th, 7:00 pm. At the event , you are challenged to make a game in two weeks. Afterwards, everyone comes together to display the games that they have created at Indie Hall, located at 399 Market St, 3rd Fl.
Philly Game Mechanics welcomes all people to come and join them at their events. You don’t even have to know a single thing about games, come as you are and you’ll learn along the way.