Global Game Jam 2014 @ SJSU

SJSU is hosting Global Game Jam for the first time in 2014.  We are looking  to have space for about 60 people and thought this is mainly for students, in the spirit of the Game Dev Club it is open to anyone.

We really do want to see students from all majors participate, after the game jams and hackathons in 2013 we are encouraged by the results of interdisciplinary teams.

This is the first draft of the announcement:

The SJSU Learning and Games Consortium(LGC) is hosting the Global Game Jam (GGJ) on SJSU’s campus January 24-26, 2014.

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. 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.

GGJ is open to all. Students from all majors are encouraged to sign up at http://globalgamejam.org and to join our jam site (under construction) http://globalgamejam.org/2014/jam-sites/san-josé-state-university GGJ is focused on collaboratively creating games under a to be announced theme with a diverse group of jammers from various disciplines.

Global Game Jam officially launches Friday Jan 24 at 5pm and culminates on Sunday Jan 26 with game presentations at 4:30. More details will be sent out in the upcoming weeks to registered participants.

You do not need to be on a team to register (we will do some team forming on site) and “Although having computer skills is helpful, code experience is not necessary. Designers, developers, artists and anyone is welcome to try their hand at making a game during the GGJ.” Web skills, marketing skills, testing skills production management and many other things are necessary to successfully create a game.

For more information http://globalgamejam.org/faq or contact james.morgan@sjsu.edu and start Spring 14 by making a game.

We are also looking for volunteers to help run the event onsite (no experience necessary).

This event is sponsored by the Learning and Games Consortium and the Game Development Club at SJSU

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