Global Game Jam - Create a game in 48 hours!

Game jams are a great way to learn how to make games, meet people with the same passion and push your skills even further if you are already on your way. For the first time ever Cambridge Game Creators will host a jam site for The Global Game Jam - the largest jam in the world with locations across the globe.

What is a jam and who can attend?

Participants are at the start of the jam given a theme to base their game idea on. Teams are then formed and the rest 48 hours are spent making your games. No prior knowledge is required only the motivation to make something during the jam. The goal is to participate and learn other people to know that are interested in creating games. At the end of the jam everyone will showcase their game and based on the participants' votes the best game will be awarded with a small price. To learn more about The Global Game jam that this site is a part of we recommend taking a look at their homepage http://globalgamejam.org/ 

The Cambridge Jam Site

Access to this jam site is free! However since there is no entry fee there is some things you will need to take care of yourself.

What we provide:

• A chance to meet awesome people interested in creating games

• Delicious wifi

What you need to take care of yourself:

• A laptop if you want to make a video game or materials to create a board game if that's more your cup of tea.

• Food for yourself. There's access to a kitchen and we will look into getting some free food but cannot guarantee that there will be for the whole weekend.

• Somewhere to sleep or for the hardcore jammer an amble source of caffeine to last you through the weekend. We will try and arrange couch surfing for those that are coming from further away but we cannot guarantee that we can find a spot for you. Send a message to Alexander if you are interested in couch surfing or have a couch to spare.

* IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MakeSpace *

MakeSpace, where we will host the jam is a members-only venue. Cambridge Game Creators is a member and it is the responsibility of organisers of these sessions to look after the individuals who will attend. Please be informed that if you are not a member of MakeSpace-Cambridge you will only be able to enter the venue by one of the organisers letting you in (please use the door bell on arrival). Access to parts of the venue other than the jam room will be limited. Please cooperate with the organisers with regards to using the venue responsibly throughout the events and follow their instructions on arrival to ensure the best experience for everyone else who is attending these sessions.

Cambridge Game Creators

Cambridge Game Creators is the most active community of professional and hobbyists who share an interest in the applications and technologies of graphics and visualisation.

We are an official Adobe Community in the east of England and Cambridge; and the world's first Adobe Community with a focus on the games industry.

The Cambridge Game Creators network is supported by Greedy Goblin Games (http://www.greedygoblinsoftware.co.uk/) and Broadcom Corporation (http://www.broadcom.com).




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  • Daniel C.

    What an awsome weekend! My pic has turned into a Cat Sparrow... Awsome games from everyone and thanks Alex and Ramin, the legends that made it happen :p

    January 27, 2014

  • Alexander B.

    Hey everyone thanks for a really fun weekend! Despite a spotty internet connection we persevered and made 4 cool games. If you still have a game dev itch to scratch then I can recommend the Cambridge Playtest meetup for board games. I'll be there this Tuesday together with a friend from Denmark http://www.meetup.com/Playtest/events/162277442/

    January 27, 2014

  • Iulia C.

    And this is the game made by Shahmir and I, "Spectrum", featuring a dichromatic world where you can only interact with objects that match your own colour:
    http://globalgamejam.org/2014/games/spectrum-2

    2 · January 26, 2014

    • Ramin

      your first ever jam! :)

      January 27, 2014

  • Wayne K.

    Here's the game Cristina, Michel and I put together. It's called "Messed Intentions" and blends bananas and ninjas in a NES and Oculus Rift mash up http://globalgamejam.org/2014/games/messed-intentions

    2 · January 26, 2014

    • Ramin

      great work

      January 27, 2014

  • Alexander B.

    Here is the game that Stefano, Daniel and I made. It's called the Wrapped World and lets you turn a world inside out. Have fun! http://www.alexanderbirke.dk/projects/games/jams/TheWrappedWorldFinal/index.html

    3 · January 26, 2014

  • Susi

    Hey guys, Tom and I are currently working somewhere else on the game since we need wifi urgently. Just wanted to ask when the deadline for uploading the games is and when the final presentations at the makespace take place? :)

    January 26, 2014

    • Ramin

      We are trying to upload stuff about 3 pm. Final dead line is 5 pm. So try to be here around 3.

      January 26, 2014

    • Susi

      Sorry, we had problems with the uploads and missed the bus, so we'll arrive after five, but the files should be uploaded by then on the homepage of the ggj. Sorry, hope we don't miss the presentations, would love to see how your projects turned out!

      January 26, 2014

  • Ramin

    We will use a venue with wifi next year.

    2 · January 26, 2014

  • Ramin

    Our group shot on Twitter has just been favorited by BBC Cambridgeshire. You can follow @camgamecreators to see our posts...

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Ramin

    We'll take a group photo at 2pm today (Saturday). Don't miss out! :)

    January 25, 2014

  • Ramin

    Tweet or follow our tweets on @camgamecreators about @globalgamejam

    January 24, 2014

  • Susi

    Hey, really looking forward to the Game Jam - just wanted to say that me and Tom might be a bit late, since we have to drive from Leicester.
    Is there any parking in the vicinity that is available to jammers or should we look to park further out and get a bus into town?

    See you there!

    January 24, 2014

    • Ramin

      It is a bit hard to find a space now but after 9:30 it might be easier. You can walk 10 or 15 minutes from further away road side parks.

      January 24, 2014

  • Tim H.

    Will have to cut off friday night and see you guys early Saturday... I have nowhere to stay and not sure about getting back from Cambridge tonight!

    January 24, 2014

  • Alexander B.

    As warmup for tonight here is the keynote for the first Global Game Jam back in 2009 by Kyle Gabler that made World of Goo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW6vgW8wc6c&feature=youtu.be&t=1m39s It has everything, great humour, good advice, and makeup tips!

    January 24, 2014

  • Tim H.

    Guys thanks for your reply.

    Someone dropped out and I have a real place now!

    So see you all tomorrow evening :-)

    January 23, 2014

  • Alexander B.

    Hello everyone I hope you a ready for a weekend of epic game jamming. I know I am excited! To get everyone in the right mood I'll try and post something new in here each day up to the jam. First, they have announced the speakers for the video keynotes and they are really cool this year. Trust me, I have already watched them ;-) http://globalgamejam.org/news/proud-announce-our-ggj14-video-keynote-speakers

    January 20, 2014

  • nathan

    ;)

    December 23, 2013

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