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Global Game Jam 2021
29. January 2021 @ 17:00 - 31. January 2021 @ 17:00
Day 1 Friday – Kickoff
- 16.30: Get together on Discord (On Voice-Channel #ggj-2021-general)
- 17.00 – 17.30: Game Jam Announcements & GGJ Keynote + Topic (Twitch)
- 17.30 – 18.30: Brainstorming, Team Forming & Pitches (Discord)
- 18.00 – 24.00: Work on projects
Day 2 Saturday– Work
- 00.00 – 24.00: Work on projects
- 11:00 Deadline to create user profile and game page
- 18:00 – 19:00: Playtesting each other’s games
Day 3 Sunday – Work & Closing
- until ~16:30: Work on projects
- 17.00: Project Upload Deadline!
- ~17.30 – open end: Presentations + Play (Twitch)
WHAT IS A GAME JAM?
“Jam” is a reference to musician jam sessions, not traffic or spreadable fruit.
The goal is to come together and make a video game, or non-digital game like a board game or card game. Participants rapidly prototype game designs and hopefully inject new ideas to help grow the game industry. We share a common theme and constraints. We ask participants to create a game from beginning to end in a prescribed time (maximum of 48 hours). The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking to result in small but innovative and experimental games.
DO I NEED TO COME TO GGJ WITH A TEAM ALREADY FORMED?
There is no need to come to the Jam with a team. Ideally, everyone forms teams on the opening day of the jam and you will get the chance to work with new people. You will have some time to think and pitch an idea. Make new friends or jam with peers you admire.
DO I NEED SPECIAL SKILLS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GGJ?
Special computer skills are helpful, but not necessary. Designers, developers, artists and anyone else is welcome to try their hand at making a game during the GGJ. Even if you have no prior experience at all, you can still participate by contributing ideas, playtesting, and providing moral support to your team. You could work on a non-digital game, and then no code is needed!
Global Game Jam® encourages innovation, experimentation, and collaboration and encourages both digital and non-digital forms of game making. Global Game Jam® supports safe space events and likes to encourage everyone to make games!
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN GGJ?
Anyone can participate, as long as they are over the age of majority in the country hosting the jam (18 years for this jam site). Underage jammers can also participate if they are accompanied by a legal guardian.
HOW IS THE ONLINE FORMAT HANDLED FOR THIS GGJ?
We use our Discord for announcements, organizational stuff, brainstorming, support and just chatting in general.
Every team will be provided with a public text- and a voice-channel. Therefore, other teams or guests can join to discuss your games. This way, we try to simulate the classic “workstations” of on-site jams, where an important aspect in our view is to discuss your games with others.
Of course, you can communicate with your team in every way you like, or we can make your team-channels private, if you wish so.