Penn State Game Jam
Are you interested in video games? Do you have an idea for a game of your own, but don’t know what to do next? Do you know that Penn State has a Game Design Club, which offers students the support they need to turn their ideas into actual playable games? Beginning at noon this Saturday , the Penn State Game Jam will be held in the Cybertorium (IST building), offering students and the community a headfirst dive into game development.
Whether you’re a programmer, graphic designer, digital musician, writer, or just have an idea for a game, you are welcome to the event. No experience is necessary! Students will divide into teams in order to balance skill sets and experience levels. We will offer a crash course on several game development tools, but encourage students to work with whatever platforms and programs they want (non-video games are an option too). The event will center around five hours of rapid development, after which the groups will demo their games to everyone and “winner” will be voted on. This is a very casual competition, and is primarily meant to offer a chance to meet the community and network with other game designers. You can come with absolutely no experience, and leave with a finished, playable game.
This is also an abridged version of the Global Game Jam, an international, 48 hour game development marathon. With enough support, the Game Design Club and Association for Computing Machinery are interested in making Penn State an official hosting site for the 2011 GGJ in January.
So come on out this Saturday, from noon to 10PM in the Cybertorium (113 IST). Personal laptops are recommended, but not required. Snacks and dinner will be provided for free, as well as complementary flash drives to facilitate development. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. And don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll have the Ohio State game on.
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