Narrative-focused video games development with Ren'Py, an open source engine
The game engine, Ren'Py, is an open source engine used to make countless interactive fiction games, also known as visual novels. These include commercial hits such as (visual novel name), to viral works such as (another visual novel name) (2mil+ downloads as of Jan 2018).
I learned to program in Python using this engine, and have released my commercial game with it. I have also become a data scientist at (Canadian company) due to this skillset combined with my econometrics background. Talk about an ambitious crossover!
Anyhow, the talk will dig into the source code of the engine, https://github.com/renpy/renpy, such as:
How it takes care of OS level stuff for game developers, memory optimization, cross platform game saves, and all that cool stuff.
Susan is a data scientist during the day, and develops games as a hobby by night.
She is a steering committee member and blog editor of A.I. Socratic Circles (AISC), which organizes weekly machine learning discussions and workshops.
Her work in data science focuses on recommender systems at scale, which she has spoken about at the TMLS telecom summit.
On the game development side, she has recently shipped a game on Steam, and spoke at PyCon Canada and other conferences on being a solo game developer.