2013 Global Game Jam: Plano Location

The Global Game Jam on Jan. 25th-27th will happen in the Communication Design (formerly AGDT) labs in K-130 and K-129 at the far south end of the Spring Creek Campus building. The event is at the end of the first week of classes, so most of the construction currently going on should be finished.

From the organizer website:

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event. 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. Although the event is heavily focused on programming, there are many other areas where people who don’t code can contribute to a game.

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 2012, we had 242 location in 47 countries created over 2000 games in one weekend and became a Guinness World Record! GGJ 2013 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 friendship, 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.

 

To register for the event, create an account at the website and select USA>Plano as your Jam Site.

See you there!

Local info:

Collin County College
AGDT Classrooms
2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, TX 75074
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Link to Map:
http://goo.gl/maps/8eQSR

Organizer: Adam Hill

Nokia will provide a free Lumia 800 phone to every Plano location participant who codes for Windows Phone (any version).  Limit 8 devices; if there are more than 8 qualified candidates, a drawing will be held.  Previous Lumia winners ineligible.

There will also be a random drawing for a Nokia Premium Developer token.  The prize is a $1500 value!

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  • Randall "texrat" A.

    High energy, open format, very good support from organizers. 4 teams targeted Windows Phone! Thanks Marshal Pittman and Adam Hill!

    January 27, 2013

  • Sunil

    Excellent Weekend. A lot of fun.

    January 27, 2013

  • Graham S.

    John, there are more than enough computers, but I always think it is good to bring a laptop just in case. I'm not sure if they have the latest version of VS or the Windows Phone SDK so, like I said, it is probably best to bring a backup device.

    January 26, 2013

    • John Jelinek I.

      Ok, I'm about to head that way. Unfortunately I ran into a snag that will allow me to stay for long. Can I work remotely?

      January 26, 2013

  • Graham S.

    John, there are more than enough computers, but I always think it is good to bring a laptop just in case. I'm not sure if they have the latest version of VS or the Windows Phone SDK so, like I said, it is probably best to bring a backup device.

    January 26, 2013

  • John Jelinek I.

    I plan on getting there this morning. Are there dev boxes there or should I bring my laptop?

    January 26, 2013

  • Randall "texrat" A.

    For this event, I'll be staying at La Quinta Inn Dallas/Plano East: https://plus.google.com/103820012332330162116/about?gl=us&hl=en -- if someone needs a place to crash during the event, bring a sleeping bag and I'll leave some floor space!

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • j. marshall p.

    The Global Game Jam on Jan. 25th-27th will happen in the Communication Design (formerly AGDT) labs in K-130 and K-129 at the far south end of the Spring Creek Campus building. The event is at the end of the first week of classes, so most of the construction currently going on should be finished.

    3 · January 10, 2013

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