Wanna make games? Jam it!

Posted on January 8, 2017

Global Game Jam is on again in Adelaide for 2017, and Game Truck Australia is super proud to sponsor the event once again. It’s held across the whole weekend of the 20th-22nd January at the Academy for Interactive Entetrainment’s Adelaide campus. This is such a great event for the local game development community, so we are sponsoring the event as a whole and also the Game Design prize.

What is even a Game Jam, you might ask. Well it’s a weekend where budding developers sign up to join teams and produce a video game in the space of that weekend. Yes, they only have that weekend, and they have to complete a game to a playable stage (although they are sometimes a bit rough around the edges, they are always playable). This follows the philosophies of lean development and ‘fail fast’ that are hot amongst creative and entrepreneurial circles right now.

It’s an amazing learning experience for people who are serious about getting into game development. Ask any developer or publisher how to get into the industry and they just say, ‘make games’. Completing a project is about the best thing you can have on your resume. We are so convinced of the value of doing it that two Game Truckers (Chad and Nick) will be jamming this year.

At the same time, it is definitely challenging. Most jammers stay overnight at the venue, and eat between working. They often hardly sleep and face the tough challenge of scoping out a project that is doable in the time they have. They have to work effectively as a team, covering the roles of programmer, artist, designer, sound designer, and producer between them. But those who go through the experience say it’s about the best possible value for investment as a learning experience.

Sometimes Game Jams produce projects that eventually become commercially successful, too. Screen Cheat was one of these, and also another sleeper hit from 2016, Superhot (see trailer below). This suggests that GGJ is a hotbed for creativity and innovation, and can be a great kickstart for a creative career in game development. If you’d like to see some of the games developed last year, check out Rituals, Spookum’s Spooky House, Escape From the Kangaroo Occulstists, or others.

As well as sponsoring the event, Game Truck Australia is proud to give away a ticket to participate in the event (value: $50). Simply head to our Facebook page, ‘like’ the page and then comment on the pinned post about GGJ17 with the name of the jammer-to-be. All comments on this Facebook post will be in the draw for the ticket, and the competition closes midnight on Sunday, the 15th of January. Good luck!

For further information on Global Game Jam Adelaide 2017, click here.


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