HOUSTON (January 22, 2013) – Houston Community College Southwest will host the Houston-based Global Game Jam for a second year. Participants will join teams to take a game from concept to completion in 48 hours. The event will take place Friday, January 25, 5:00 pm – Sunday, 27, 5:00 pm at the Southwest Campus, 5601 West Loop South in Room C108.
Organizers say The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event. “Think of it as a ‘hack-a-thon’ focused on game development,” says GGJ spokesman Larry Hendrix. “This is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, gamers and designers can come together in a creative atmosphere to share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal.“
During the Global Game Jam, participants gather on Friday afternoon, watch 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. The catch is all of their creations need to be fully completed by Sunday afternoon. That means everyone involved needs to work around the clock to complete the project by the deadline.
Hendrix says GGJ is not a competition. “The Jam is a great networking opportunity for gamers, programmers and anyone in the community with an interest in video game development. At the same time; GGJ is an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, try new roles and learn new skills that require them to design, create, test and develop a new game in the time span of 48 hours.”
The weekend is expected to stir a global creative buzz in gaming. GGJ organizers say the event also allows everyone time to explore and learn about the process of video game development from artistic expression to interactive design to development. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. Although the event is heavily focused on programming, there are many other areas where people who do not code can contribute to a game.
Organizers claim last year was a major success and have high expectations for 2013 “In January 2012, we had 242 locations in 47 countries created over 2000 games in one weekend and set a Guinness World Record,” Hendrix says.
For more information about registration for Global Game Jam 2013, visit southwest.hccs.edu
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