Sydney’s game developers braved the cold last weekend to attend TAFE NSW St Leonards, working together over 48 hours to jam out the best games they can.
For those not familiar with game jams, according to Wikipedia (the super legit official source);
“A game jam is a hackathon for video games. It is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours, and some even longer. Participants are generally made up of programmers, game designers, artists, writers, and others in game development-related fields.”
Mashing the saying Jam Session with the word games, nets you one of the most fun, creative, educational, and rewarding events a game developer can attend, a Game Jam.
Usually, jam’s follow a theme, which could be anything from ‘Space’ to ‘Cushion’, these are unique to the jam and revealed at the very start, putting developers on the spot to come up with unique and creative ideas that include the theme.
There are a number of game jam’s both public and private happening across the globe right now, Itch.io has an incredible tool that puts the sheer love for jams into perspective, sharing a list of all the jams going on right now. Check out https://itch.io/jams or click the image below;
Game jams don’t discriminate, where the only thing you need to attend is a love for games. You don’t even need to know anybody there, as new people are always welcome, it’s easy to find a number of groups that would love to team up, and an invaluable networking tool for those early in their career.
TAFE hosts Game Jams throughout the year, creating a place where game developers from across Sydney can come together and Jam. You can learn more about TAFE NSW St Leonards and their Jams on their site, www.nsigamesjam.com