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Global Game Jam 2016

The Microsoft Reactor will be an official Global Game Jam site this year!

Every year game developers from all over the world get together to work on games over the last weekend of January.

This will be one of many sites you can participate in for the Global Game Jam. The Microsoft Reactor is located at 680 Folsom in SoMa near the Moscone center. We will have plenty of high quality tables and chairs, free energy drinks, and possibly more free food/drinks depending on sponsors. Exact details to be determined later.

(EDIT: We have at least two free meals! Still looking for more sponsors though. Would you like to potentially sponsor this hackathon? Contact Tobiah!)

You can register for this site by going here:

NOTE: Please visit the site above to register before the event!

This will NOT be an overnight event. We will be jamming until midnight each night, returning at 10am the next morning.

For underage jammers, we will need for a parent or guardian age 18 or over to be with them during the event. We want you to be able to jam! For questions or concerns, message Tobiah. 

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  • Matthew H.

    Such a great event! So much fun!

    February 1, 2016

  • Joe

    Parking at moscone garage wasn't bad at 9:30 am

    January 30, 2016

  • John H L.

    Hi guys and gals. I can only attend for one or possibly 2 days. Is that allowed?

    January 28, 2016

    • John H L.

      Thanks for the reply. I plan on working by myself since it would creat the least impact on others.

      January 29, 2016

    • Chris

      Hi John, if I might humbly suggest .. the trick is to embrace the impact of others when its good for game content work - and then know when its time to go on working solo when 'ya just gotta focus on code. Happy hacking!

      January 29, 2016

  • Joe

    Hm... I noticed that the global game jam is also being run in San Jose University. I may go to the MS Reactor though

    January 28, 2016

  • Rick F.

    I'm bummed that I am going to miss it -- it's the same weekend as PAX South!

    January 24, 2016

  • Tobiah

    FYI! During the jam, a few blocks away there will be a huge Superbowl event, and some streets will be closed!

    Expect a harder time to find parking, and use public transit if you can:

    January 21, 2016

  • Spencer A.

    I was looking into doing the GGJ this year, and found this meetup. For someone in San Jose though, is it worth it to (try to) drive into SF? SJSU is also a GGJ location, but it only has 6 people registered on the GGJ website. Plus, if I'm driving into SF, there are other, slightly closer locations there.

    January 18, 2016

    • Tobiah

      There isn't really any "Wrong" location for the global game jam I think. Depends a lot on the atmosphere you want, and how many people you want to jam with.

      I know Cogswell College in San Jose is doing the jam, that site should be more popular than SJSU. That might be better for you than commuting to the city, but they charge $40 per person to attend. We'll be free (with at least two free meals, free drinks, and free Soylent meal replacements)

      There are probably other locations along the way too. Check them out, and go to which place you think is the coolest sounding. If you have more questions about us/our space, let me know!

      January 18, 2016

  • Kevin P.

    This was so much fun last time. Always good to flex those programming muscles. Is this going to be a from-scratch? Or is going to be like last time were you can work on existing projects?

    December 18, 2015

    • Swapnil P.

      Hi guys

      January 14, 2016

    • Swapnil P.

      I am looking for teammates, I have a knowledge of programming and unity3D

      January 14, 2016

  • Andrej B.

    Hi everyone!

    I'm interested in joining this event, but I have never done game development or joined similar events before. What would be the minimum and the recommended set of skills one should have to be useful in such events?

    January 14, 2016

    • Tobiah

      Hey Andrej!

      I would highly recommend attending! Going to a game jam is one of the best ways to learn a new skill IMO. It's a great excuse to challenge yourself to sit down and learn a new tool, style, or development practice.

      You will be surrounded by experts you can help you out and support you, have decent internet to put on headphones and watch tutorial videos and learn, and be in an environment where you won't just learn for an hour, work for an hour, then give up. Deadlines always motivate me!

      That said, I would say you must have/bring your own laptop. Very hard to share during these events, and unless you are making a board game you will need to work with digital files.

      January 14, 2016

    • Tobiah

      From there, depends on if you are more interested in the design, coding, art or audio side. If programming, download tools like Game Maker and/or Unity ahead of time. In fact, that might be good either way just to run test builds. If art, make sure you have tools like Inkscape/Gimp (or photoshop if you own it), for Audio i'd recommend Audacity (and bringing equipment like a mic and/or headphones if you have them).

      For design, that might be harder. A lot of designers tend to be at events like this. But be ready to be a team's gofer. Look up questions on team members might have, find ways to help design out levels not just ideas but bring grid paper and plot things out. If you have a secondary skill, figure out how it can be used to make you an even better designer.

      Bottom line: Even if you feel you have none of those skills, or don't know which appeals to you, show up! How else will you find out what your true calling is if you don't jump in and try to do it?

      January 14, 2016

  • Tobiah

    So far we will have at least two free meals, Soylent, and Monster energy drinks.

    Still looking for more sponsors though, if you happen to know anybody interested let me know! ([masked])

    Also, remember to tell your friends about the event! We want to pack the house.

    January 6, 2016

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