Global Game Jam – 2015


Hey! Have you guys heard about the Global Game Jam? Oh, yeah, man! This is the real deal if you want to create a game, getting some experience, meet people and see what the Game World is like. It’s Sponsor by some companies as Facebook, Unity 3D and Microsoft. And, if you want, you can have you game (if its good enough) being release by Microsoft. How good that sounds?

Here is the trick. You have 48 hours to create a game according to a Theme that is only release about a few hours before the beginning of the event. Don’t know about you, but this is really exciting to me! Also, if you want more information about it, you can check this link.

But you may ask: “I have no experience and don’t know how to program or something like that. How I am supposed to create a game?”

Well, you may find this and many other questions over the link I posted, but, about this one, you don’t need to have any experience. Of course that would help, but we are talking about a new experience, meeting people, improving your resume. You will find out that there are many ways that you can help a team when talking about a game creation.

However, here is what is the Game Jam and more information that I got from their site!

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal.

The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed in a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kind of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity. 
The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon. In January 2014, we had 488 locations in 72 countries create over 4000 games in one weekend! […] The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, increase confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.

 The GGJ stimulates collaboration and is not a competition.

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss this opportunity. I will be there, for sure. And you?
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