Central Campus is First Time ‘Global Game Jam’ Site

by Diane VanDyke

Envision a weekend when the imaginative minds of programmers and gaming enthusiasts from all over the world can connect and collaborate for 48 hours without distractions to develop new video and non-digital games. This opportunity—the annual Global Game Jam—will happen Jan. 24-26 at various sites around the world.

For the first time, Montgomery County Community College’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, will participate as a host site for the Global Game Jam (GGJ). The event is free and open to anyone, 18 years and older, who can commit to a weekend of innovative gaming fun. Pre-event registration is required by visiting globalgamejam.org/2014/jam-sites/montgomery-county-community-college.

As part of the event, MCCC will be promoting the event along with the Philadelphia Chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), a non-profit organization serving individuals that create video games. IGDA will have two other host sites—Drexel University, Phila., and Camden County College, Blackwood, N.J.

The goal of this annual event, which started in 2009, is for participants to work together to create a video game or non-digital game, such as a board or card game, within a 48-hour time frame. The short time span is meant to spur creative thinking that will result in innovative and experimental games. At the start of the event, a theme is announced, and throughout the process, participants work together with developers from around the world to create new games.

According to GGJ’s website, in 2013 more than 16,700 participants logged in excess of 700,000 hours at 300 sites in 63 countries and created more than 3,000 games. This year, GGJ is anticipating more than 17,000 participants. Many games developed in previous Game Jams, according to GGJ’s website, have become fully realized games, and all projects are protected under a Creative Commons license.

For more information about the event, visit globalgamejam.org.

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