The Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab will be a host site in the Boston/Cambridge area for the 3rd Annual Global Game Jam, from January 28 through 30, 2011. Other sites around the world will run game jams with similar rules and limitations, with one unique constraint at each site. This site will be creating games of all kinds: digital games for Windows, Mac OS X, and the web; and non-digital games of all types including board, card, and dice games.
How it works
A game jam is a cooperative gathering of game developers to encourage experimentation and innovation. It starts at 5pm on Friday with friendly introductions, followed by a run-through of the rules, the theme, and the constraints. Participants then quickly come up with ideas and pitch them to everyone else. Once everyone has formed or joined a team, the groups split up for further brainstorming around the idea, and reconvene in a shared workspace with the other teams to start development.
Finished games are handed in at 3pm on Sunday, after which everyone plays all the other games and votes for their favorite. The winners get kudos, and bragging rights. All finished games will be uploaded to the Global Game Jam website.
Participants should go home for a shower and a good night sleep in the evenings. The workspace will be closed from midnight to 9am in time for the last subway train. Breakfast will be provided on both mornings. Food will be provided for the participants by the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab. The rules of the game jam prohibit the use pre-made content (this includes program code, audio, graphics, models, etc.) unless it was publicly available at least a month prior to the game jam. Contact Rik Eberhardt
Registrants must be over at least 18 years old to participate. The jam is largely targeted at game development professionals and college students with game development experience. Participants should not plan to register as teams. The jam is limited to 50 participants, with last-minute priority for professionals. There is no fee for registration.
If space is available, participants should receive an email confirmation within a week.
Registration is now CLOSED.
Location and Timing
The game jam will be held at the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab on the third floor of 5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA. Participants should plan to arrive well before 5pm on Friday, January 28, 2011 and to participate for the full duration of the event, which should conclude by 6pm Sunday, January 30, 2011