Global Game Jam Prep: Developer's Perspective

  • January 11, 2013 · 7:00 PM

As a follow-up to the previous excellent talk given by Rafael (thanks Rafael!), we'll have a presentation by 3 developers (Dylan Jones, Benjamin McKissick Jr., and Megan Fox) who have previous experience with Global Game Jam and other jams. We'll cover suggested preparation, recommended team size and format, tips and tricks for actually completing a game in under 48 hours, etc. Each of the speakers will speak for about 15 minutes, then we'll have a Q&A at the end.

After the talk and Q&A, we'll have mingling time. Rafael would say (and I agree) that forming teams beforehand isn't necessary, that there will also be mingling at the event. But from personal experience, it's a little less intimidating if you at least know some people who will also be there, and have some rough ideas of the sorts of people (or at least specializations of people) that you might want to form teams with.

Also, there will be donuts. Nothing helps mingling like a good donut.


The reason for the date is because - Global Game Jam registrations (at the Denver location) close that SATURDAY. As in, the very next day after the presentation. So. If you're curious at all about jamming, but you've never done it before? And you'd like some perspective from the jammers themselves about how awesome it is, how important or not important it is to stay overnight, working remotely, whatever? Come, watch the presentation, and then you've still got that evening to decide if you want to sign up.

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  • Matt E.

    Gave me a good idea of what to expect.

    January 22, 2013

  • David C.

    It was a great introduction to the GGJ concepts and overall logistics of the event. Nothing's more helpful than reinforcing the "keep it simple" motto!

    January 12, 2013

  • Jeff M.

    Great meeting last night! It was great meeting some new folks! As I mentioned, I'm hosting a game audio Meetup next Monday and would love to have some programmers there! Here's the Meetup:
    Hope to see some of you then!

    January 12, 2013

  • Benjamin McKissick J.

    Great meeting new people and the presentations were awesome!

    January 11, 2013

  • Andrew B.

    Very interesting and great to hear others talking about some of the things I am very passionate about.

    January 11, 2013

  • Benjamin McKissick J.

    Running late, but I'll be there!

    January 11, 2013

  • Megan F.

    Wow, we're full up. That's a first.

    1 · January 9, 2013

    • Brittany Lynn H.

      I was forbidden from doing so by family, long story short, ramen is an expensive commodity and must be coddled and protected.

      January 11, 2013

    • Brittany Lynn H.

      I really, really wanted to go, because I could make it for once, but I'll make it to the game jam

      January 11, 2013

  • Chris H.

    Is there an experience requirement to participate in game jam?

    1 · January 6, 2013

    • Dylan J.

      Never, just some motivation to create fun!

      3 · January 6, 2013

    • Chris H.

      Awesome :-)

      1 · January 6, 2013

  • Andrew B.

    I won't be participating in this Global Game Jam session coming up but will come by to check out denhac, hear the discussions and get a feel for the space and people.

    January 6, 2013

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