Shenandoah University will be an official Global Game Jam site from January 25 – 27, 2019.
The Global Game Jam is an exciting opportunity for SU students and interested community members to come together and develop games of all kinds!
Shenandoah’s Global Game Jam site is located in the Shenandoah Center For Immersive Learning (SCIL) Lab in the Health and Life Sciences Building.
Join us January 25 at 5 pm through January 27.
Secret Theme Announcement
Everyone will gather Friday at 5 pm to watch a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers and a secret theme announcement.
All sites worldwide will then be challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.
What Is Global Game Jam?
The Global Game Jam 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. 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, interactive 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.
In January 2018, there were 803 Global Game Jam locations in 108 countries which created 8,606 games in one weekend!
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.
Co-sponsors of the event include our Spanish guest Alejandra Flores Morales from https://www.drjuego.com and Dr. Joey Gawrysiak, Director of Esports at Shenandoah as well as Jessica O’Shaughnessy with the Computer Science program.
This event is not open to anyone under 18 years old due to the overnight nature of the jam event.