What is the Global Game Jam®?

The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) 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, iterative 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.
Quoted from globalgamejam.org
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What do you need to bring?

  • Any (computer) equiptment you need
    • Laptop, Computer, Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Cables
    • Tablets, Handies, Controller, Kinect, Oculus Rift, Makey-Makey, etc.
    • Musical Instruments, Midi Keyboards, Trackpads, Guitars, whatever Sound Tools you might need
    • Pens and Paper for concepts
    • For security reasons, please label all computer equipment you bring with your name and a contact number/email.
    • No speakers will be available, bring your own headphones.
    • Reasonable use restrictions apply to internet access. If you want to listen to music during the jam, firstly bring headphones, and secondly bring MP3’s or CD’s, rather than streaming music from the web.
    • To keep everything in order we suggest you bring big duffle bags where you can store extra stuff without keeping it around.
    • Only Wireless will be available. If you are a student, you can also access the Eduroam network. There will be no LAN available so you need to bring a Wi-Fi Stick in case you don’t have Wireless LAN at your computer.
  • Clothing and Sleeping Gear
    • The golden rule here: Pack like you’re camping for the weekend
    • Sleeping gear (sleeping bag, pillow, and an inflatable mattress if you like)
    • Spare clothes and toiletries (toothbrush/toothpaste, etc).
    • Deodorant
    • Light sleepers are encouraged to bring ear plugs and eye masks
  • Food and Drink
    • Vending machines are available, will not be refilled though. A couple of markets are available nearby. Several pizza delivery companies are available in the area and there are pubs also nearby. At least one dinner will be provided.
    • Feel free to bring any favourite drinks and snacks, although be aware that there is barely no storage available nor fridge.
    • Several drinks (softdrinks, caffeinated, beer) and various snacks will be sold, bring enough cash to pay for them :)
    • There will be sandwich makers on site, if you have anything awesome to put on a sandwich, bring it with you!
    • Pack camping gear: a mug, a plate, some utensils, some napkins, and so on.

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