Goshen College seeks young creative thinkers for 48-hour Global Game Jam


Event: “Goshen College Global Game Jam”
Date and time: Friday, Jan. 23, 7–11 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Goshen College Union Building, rooms 001 and 004
Ages: 12+
Cost: Free, open for up to 40 participants. To register, visit globalgamejam.org/2015/jam-sites/goshen-college

Goshen College seeks programmers, artists, musicians and writers to participate in the 2015 Global Game Jam (GGJ), the world’s largest game creation event, Jan. 23-25.

The goal of the Global Game Jam is to come together and make a video game or non-digital game, such as a board game or card game. Participants rapidly prototype game designs and work within the 48-hour timeframe to fully realize their concept. The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking to result in small but innovative and experimental games.

Participants work concurrently with developers around the globe, rallying around a central theme, which is announced at the start of the GGJ. The goal is to generate experimental prototypes that teams can continue to work on after the jam. Many games developed in previous Global Game Jams have become fully realized games.

The GGJ is open source and all projects are protected under a creative commons license. Participants are encouraged to try out new ideas and push themselves creatively.

The first annual Global Game Jam was held in 2009. Last year more than 23,000 participants registered in 72 countries, with 4,292 game projects registered.

The event is free and open for up to 40 participants, and will take place Friday, Jan. 23, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register, visit globalgamejam.org/2015/jam-sites/goshen-college.

For more information, please contact Jeanette Shown at jlshown@goshen.edu.