"Did you hear about the pasta?"

It was one of the first things somebody said to me upon arriving at St Leonards TAFE, where the Sydney portion of this year's Global Game Jam was being held. You wouldn't have known that looking at the building from the outside, of course, but then game developers were never known for their extroverted marketing.

It's all about the games. And precisely what would those developers be able to create within the space of a weekend? And what would they learn about themselves and development in the process? That's what I travelled to North Sydney to discover.

But when I got there on the Sunday morning, the first thing people wanted to talk about was the pasta.