Global Game Jam 2010 kick starts on 29th Jan

By AMRITA VALECHA | 28 January, 2010 - 15:54

This weekend Global Game Jam (GGJ) will takes place over 139 locations in 39 countries around the world. GGJ starts at 5pm (in the each country's time zone) on January 29th and goes for 48+ hours through January 31, 2010.

The goal is to come together and make a video game. Participants rapidly prototype video game designs and hopefully inject new ideas to help grow the game industry. Participants create a game from beginning to end in a prescribed time (GGJ is 48 hours). The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking to result in small but innovative and experimental games.

The Global Game Jam was created as collaboration between Susan Gold, Gorm Lai and Ian Schrieber - three active members of the IGDA who wanted to connect the community through cooperation, innovation, creativity and experimentation. The 2010 GGJ wants to triple in size, including more locations and making GGJ a truly global event.

MSC Malaysia Animation and Creative Content Centre (MAC3) will be one of the host of the Global Game Jam 2010 Malaysia. Talking to Animation Xpress Asia Pacific, Hasnul Samsudin, Head of MAC3 shared, "MAC3 has the infrastructure and the will provide an awesome venue for the Global Game Jam. We support IGDA Malaysia in its role to stimulate the local games development industry. Our collaboration is hoped to spur creativity and innovation in the design and development of new ideas for games."

GGJ brings together talented individuals from within the community and gives unique opportunity for people to push their skills and challenge their way of working. Participants work concurrently along with developers around the globe, rally around a central theme, which the participants have 48 hours to create a game. Many games developed in 2009 have become fully realized games. The GGJ is open source, hardware & software agnostic and all projects are protected under a creative commons license. It encourages people to try out new ideas and push themselves within reason.

Find out Global Game Jam at your location here.