The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. 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. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.
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. The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, 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.
The GGJ stimulates collaboration and is not a competition.
*Please check back often, as schedules and agendas may change leading up to the event.
No. Participants have until 11:00am Saturday, January 26th, to register for the event, even though the kickoff starts on Friday.
Participants can feel free to bring any reasonable game development equipment, including such items as:
Yes. We will provide some light snacks and beverages throughout the event. A complimentary coffee and espresso bar is available on-site. A light dinner will be available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. A light brunch will be available on Saturday and Sunday.
Participants are welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages from home, if they have specific dietary concerns. There are also many local food options nearby.
Yes. All parking spaces at Fuquay Plaza (the building) are free to the public. There is also overflow parking available on Smithwood Street.
Yes. There is a nominal registration fee of $25 to help cover the costs of the weekend event. This fee applies to all participants, and covers the snacks, refreshments, and meals during the event. We are the only Global Game Jam site in North Carolina that INCLUDES brunch and dinner meals during the weekend event.
Due to security, “non-registered/participating spectators” will not be allowed on-site.
Due to the Nature and Time-Frame of the Event. Stressors May Present Themselves, So Please Exercise Appropriate Hygiene During the 48-Hour Event. Thank you! : )
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