Global Game Jam Hits Vancouver

January 27, 2014 | By | Add a Comment


More Than 350 Jammers Saturday Afternoon

More Than 350 Jammers Saturday Afternoon

Vancouver game jammers entered crunch time as the final countdown of the Global Game Jam began its sweep across the globe. Saturday morning, thousands of aspiring game creators wiped the sleep crust from their eyes, downed their 20th energy drink, and began the second day of the jam. Some never even slept, driven forward only by the desire to make something new. Saturday also saw the launch of 2014′s first Global Game Jam Kickstarter– a micro card game about monsters who wish they could just fit in.

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. -GGJ

The Vancouver site was visited by four sponsor booths, including Microsoft Canada and online game behemoth Kongregate. The booths allowed jammers to learn about and make potential connections with larger platforms. Microsoft Canada offered information on its free DreamSpark and id@xbox programs, while Kongregate talked to the upcoming developers about the potential of publishing their games on the Kongregate web platform, as well their new mobile platform. The booths served as part of Global Game Jam’s initiative to offer its participants not just experience, but potential careers.

Sunday afternoon jammers began uploading thousands of games to the official page. Many are posting screenshots to Twitter with the official #GGJ14 hashtag. This evening, IGM will have a selection of Global Game Jam picks for you to check out, keep an eye out for them on their website.

Category: Events, Kickstarter

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