Innovation – Experimentation – Collaboration
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 into a 48 hour development cycle. The
GGJ encourages people with all kinds 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 2018, we had
803 locations in 108 countries create 8,606 games in one weekend! GGJ
2019 is January 25-27 at a location near you… if not you can make one of
your own. 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.
Check out some of the games submitted around the world from 2018.
More details and faq found at the meetup event and event’s webpage.
When and Where
Friday, January 25, 2019, 6:00 PM to Sunday, January 27, 2019, 5:00 PM
School of Product Design,
University Of Canterbury,
Len Lye Building,
1 Engineering Road, Christchurch
Doors will Open at 5:30pm on Friday the 25th, the theme will be announced nationwide at about 6pm and ‘Pencils down’ is at 5pm on Sunday the 27th!
Free but you have to register here.
Age Restrictions: 18+.
Inclusiveness Policy and Code of Conduct.
Registration and meetup event. Christchurch Game Jam webpage.
Note: There are other NZ sites. This is the info and meetup event page is for the Christchurch site.
Global Game Jam and Event FAQ. #GGJ19
Christchurch Game Developers: web, meetup, @CHCHGameDev on facebook and twitter.