A game jam is 48 hours of fun, creativity, and chaos! People self-form into teams and develop a game from scratch in 48 hours. Artists and programmers collaborate together, share ideas, and have a great time. Locally, we've had as many as 210 participants in the past, and globally, we've participated in jams with over 10,000 participantes!
Please see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3NlPIS7qiM for a video from the past fall jam to get a sense of the scope and energy of the event. For more information about the worldwide, global gam jam, see the main Global Game Jam site.
Everyone meets on Friday by 5pm at SPSU. The organizers will then share the constraints and rules for the game jam. Everyone will rotate around, meeting new people and pitch ideas; we'll switch groups around three times by which time you'll have met no less than a dozen new people. Teams will self form based upon who you want to work with and new people you've met (with consideration in balancing the team to include artists, programmers, and designers); no one leaves until everyone is a part of a team. Teams are free to use the space during the 48 hours (you can sleep and come and go as you’d like). Each team will have until 4:00PM on Sunday to create their game. At 5pm, we'll showcase the best games and award possible prizes.
Anyone 18 years and older can participate in a game jam: experienced professionals, students, and wannabes. Artists, programmers, and generally creative people are needed. Teams will be formed on site.
Registration is $25 (which can be paid at our Eventbrite site or at the door, but to reserve a spot, register beforehand). Since space is limited, participants are accepted first-come-first-served.
Participants will get food, snacks, and other swag compliments of our sponsors. Prizes may also be awarded.
For questions or more information, please email Jon Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the "recap video" we showed capturing the essence of the weekend.
Here are links to videos showcasing all the games developed over the weekend:
I Am the Beholder (winner, "Most Retro Game") - Kody O'Keefe and Gregory Williams
Bob the Beholder - Inki Hong, Danny Hardawar, Nicole Jameson, and Jabari Ogletree
Walter Saves Time - Tim Frank, Sarah Wilson, Luciano Comassetto, Shahrokh Shamalinia, Scott Adams, and Ben Cochrane
Relic Warrior - Art Contributors: Connor Comeans, Joseph Pinacho, and Justin Ortiz. Programming for the game: Justin Ortiz and Joseph Pinacho. Music: Khai Meng Au Yeong
Eye of the Bee Holder (winner, "Most Creative Interpretation of Theme") - Tim Goodson, Andrew Gibson, Patrick Weaver, Kevin Gross, and Evan Leeder. Music by Miles Flanagan
The Beholder's Eye - Shawn Day, Colton Dale, and Austin Ford. Music/SFX by Natalia Perez and Andres Villarreal
Jump Switch (winner, "Most Artistic Game") - SrBilyon Harris, Daniel Kinjerski, Matthew Dale, and special guest, Cory Nakabayashi of Berklee
Paradigm Shift (honorable mention) - Brandon Treadway, Matt Russell, Darius Hill, Aaron Ware, Chris Harris, Daniel Lovell, Tim Sassone, Joseph Burley, Addison Wilson, Josh Jennings, Paul Laudun, and Noam Bergman
One Jam's Trash - Shah Zafrani and Justin Jennings
Mind's Eye - Jason Walker, Srinidhi Naik, Chris Williams, William Hansen, Jacob Rhein
Default Dan (winner, "Best Overall Game") - Lead Programer: Matt Gold. Level Design: Matt Tinney, Character Design: Ian Phillpotts, Character Animation: Leonard, Sound Fx: Bill Buckly, Project Team Lead: Britt Briscoe
Eye of Odin (winner, "Most Colorful Game") - Ben Sanders, James Rouse, Jake Land, Justin Pruitt, and Josh Sole
Vomit Riders - JarekQ Aloisio
Past Game Jam Weekends
The 2012 Global Game Jam was Jan 27-29, 2012; SCAD Atlanta hosted, and we had ~210 participants, making the Georgia venue the largest in the US and the 3rd largest in the world!
The Fall 2011 Georgia Game Jam was Sept 23-25 (Fri-Sun); we had over 110 participants and made 18 games.
The Global Game Jam 2011 was January 28-30, 2011. SPSU was the state-wide host site in Georgia, and we had 150+ attendees. We were the 2nd largest site in the US and the 8th largest site in the world!
SPSU has also hosted fall and global game jams since 2009.
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