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Using Champlain’s Google Apps for Education: Hangouts

Facebook’s IP policy is quite incompatible with the production requirements of modern Game Developers. Anything you post to Facebook is “effectively” owned by Facebook. Study this incredibly disingenuous piece of double-speak, and you will find that it basically says: “All your base are belong to us.*” *Terms and conditions apply.


Here is the snippet in question, emphasized for clarity.

Sharing Your Content and Information
You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:
For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).

I am not a lawyer. However, for the sake of argument, let’s put that into plain English: Anything you post on Facebook is perpetually licensed to Facebook for any purpose whatsoever. Moreover, once something is posted to Facebook, it becomes very hard to remove if it has been shared with others.

So, what’s a Student or Faculty member in The Game Studio to do?

Use Google Apps for Education, of course!

Here’s how to start Chat or a Voice or Video Hangout with members of your team:

  1. Log into Champlain’s Google Apps for Education.
  2. Click “Mail” in the Google Widget area (on Chromium or Chrome)
  3. Within Mail, click the little magnifying glass next to your avatar, as shown in Figure 1.
  4. Figure 1: Searching for people with whom you wish to chat (text), or video (hangout).

    Figure 1: Searching for people with whom you wish to chat (text), or video (hangout).

  5. In the “Search for people” search box, search for someone. For example, “Ed” as shown in Figure 2.
  6. Figure 2: Clicking on a search result.

    Figure 2: Clicking on a search result.

  7. Click on the appropriate match from the search. A new Chat window will now appear! If the person is online, just start typing. If not, invite them to a Hangout (Google will send an email invitation as needed).

How to make an appointment with Champlain’s Google Apps for Education Calendar

As a Faculty member at The Game Studio at Champlain College, I meet with students on a daily basis in my office. The purpose of this post is to explain how to schedule a time to meet with me using the Champlain College Google Apps for Education Calendar:

  1. Open a browser on your computer, eg: Chrome/Chromium, Firefox/Iceweasel, Safari. (Use IE at your own risk.)
  2. Log into your computer’s browser using your (or for Faculty and Staff account credentials.
  3. When the Google Widget bar finishes loading, (top right of a new tab or window), click the 3×3 grid and choose Calendar. See Figure 1.

    Figure 1: Finding the Google Apps for Education Calendar

    Figure 1: Finding the Google Calendar for Champlain’s Google Apps for Education

  4. Note the navigation panel on the left side of the window. Find Other Calendars and expand it if not opened. See Figure 2.

    Figure 2: Finding other calendars

    Figure 2: Finding the Other calendars area and expanding it.

  5. Type the email address of the person or you wish to schedule an appointment with and click return. A helpful completion box will appear with suggestions. See Figures 3 and 4.
    Searching other calendars.

    Figure 3: Expanding Other calendars. Search for your friends here too, and schedule events with them!

    Figure 4: Searching for Prof. Ferguson.

    Figure 4: Searching for Prof. Ferguson.

  6. The calendar for

    will appear in your own calendar area. Click the colored box next to the user’s name to toggle visibility. See Figure 5.

    Figure 5: Seeing the calendars overlap, and choosing a mutually available time.

    Figure 5: Seeing the calendars overlap, and choosing a mutually available time (ie: when no blocks are scheduled). Except for Office hours, those are fair game for scheduling.

Congratulations GameFest 2013 Winners!

Today, 27 April 2013, at Rensselear’s GameFest 2013, The Game Studio at Champlain College took home First and Second Place, and two Excellence Awards.

UPDATE: People keep asking me, so here is the basic rundown of teams/games in the competition: GameFest consists of four basic parts: concert, showcase, competition, industry talk and panel. This year, 45 teams registered their games for the event. 20 of those games were allowed into the competition: 5 for each of the 4 schools competing. This year, the schools were: Becker College, The Game Studio @ Champlain College, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Any game from the participating schools can be shown off in the Showcase. For a list of all of the teams and games please see this list.

The outcome of the Competition follows:

Award Game School
First Magnosphere Champlain College
Second Quibly Ball Champlain College
Third Unbroken Rochester Institute of Technology
Excellence in Visuals Sagittarii Run Champlain College
Excellence in 2D Gameplay Heist Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Excellence in Immersion The Bigfoot Journals Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Excellence in Concept Energy Drive Rochester Institute of Technology
Excellence in Multi-Player Prismatic Showdown Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Excellence in GUI Crisis of the Superverse Champlain College
Best in Show Landfall Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
People’s Choice Prismatic Showdown Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Congratulations to all of the winning teams!

The Game Studio @ Champlain College sported 12 teams/games at GameFest 2013. Prof. Jonathan Ferguson coordinated and facilitated Champlain’s GameFest Exhibitors, and transported over fifteen computer systems to support Champlain students. Thanks to all of the Champlain Exhibitors, who helped to pack, unload, and repack the van with those systems. Setup and tear-down of all of these games was completed in record time in the EMPAC at RPI. Great work everyone!

The following games created entirely by students in The Game Studio at Champlain College, were exhibited at GameFest 2013:

  • Trash Lords
  • Guardian
  • Eb and Flo
  • GoldBlitz
  • Sagittarii Run
  • Quibly Ball
  • Mageball
  • Crisis of the Super-Verse
  • Sasquatch: Photo-Bomber
  • Trail
  • Lilith

Great job everyone! It was a fantastic showing for The Game Studio at Champlain College! 12 games! Champlain’s largest showing at GameFest yet!

Champlain College has participated in the GameFest since 2010. Prior to 2012, Champlain was not permitted to participate in the competition due to our collaborative production process. In 2012 the rules were changed to take development time into account. In 2012, Champlain took home First and Second place with Loc, and Satoshi and the Thousand Samurai.


Video of this event is available below. Here’s the raw footage of the event. I have not had time to edit this into something reasonable yet. These files are BIG, think 1.2GiB+.

These H.264 videos are encapsulated in MP4 Format (use VLC media player or Apple’s QuickTime to watch.