It's that time again, when hundreds and hundreds of developers from all over the world gather to try and make a game within 48 hours, in the name of networking, creative energy, making friends, and pushing their skills to the limit. If you're a developer, it's a great experience — and if you're not, there's always an interesting, public show and tell of the games, coupled with an awards ceremony at the end.
The awards ceremonies and display sessions are always good fun, even if you don't know about game development, as every year some very interesting, outside-the-box games are made. Anyone who was in the room when this game was shown in Sydney will forever have fond memories:
The event will start tomorrow night (later for other timezones), when a secret theme will be announced that all games must include. There are additional themes that teams can choose to incorporate into their games as well — the Melbourne Jam, for instance, is offering PAX tickets to the team with the most accessible game, targeting their secondary theme of accessibility.
Our local branches of the Global GameJam will be participating, as usual, and while the Sydney Jam is full, there are still plenty of spots in Wollongong and elsewhere around the country. Here are details on Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, and Perth.
Wollongong has around 40 spots left, and you can register through the Sydney site here.
Check the details, as some of the Jams have entry fees and some don't. And keep an eye out for news if you're interested in the awards ceremonies. Sometimes they're right after the Jam, but this year Sydney will have its ceremony one week later, on the 2nd of February. All the games will eventually be playable on the Global GameJam website, so stay tuned for that as well!