What will New York, London and Sydney have in common with Thurles on the last weekend of January 2013? They all host Global Game Jam events! The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event and takes place in January each year, with the Ireland longest running jam being hosted by LIT-Thurles. GGJ brings together thousands of game creation enthusiasts around the world, all with a common purpose of building computer games in forty eight hours.
Managing the event for the fifth time TippSoc will host students from other colleges around Ireland in this computer game creation marathon. Games created as part of the Global Game Jam will be exhibited to games design professionals visiting LIT-Thurles for the annual celebration of all things computer games related; at the renowned Games Fleadh in March.
Philip Bourke, Games Design and Development Course Coordinator for LIT-Thurles said, “its amasing to witness the ingenuity and creativity of students when faced with the challenge of creating games in such a short time span. The games created were amusing casual games that can be enjoyed by gamers, academics and games professionals”.
In a Game Jam, participants come together to make video games. Each participant works in a small team on a complete game project over the course of a limited time period over a weekend. With such a small time frame, the games tend to be innovative and experimental. The GGJ takes place in the same 48 hours all over the world. Like new year celebrations sites in Austrialia and New Zealand start their jams at 5:00pm on Friday through to 5.00pm on Sunday, gradually other sites join in across global timezones. At 5.00pm GMT on Friday, January 25th LIT-Thurles’s site will join fellow jammers and start the process of designing and building their games, non-stop until 5.00pm GMT on Sunday January 27th. All participants are constrained by the same theme, rules and limitations, with each time zone having its own distinct design requirements.