Some of the Devika team were proud to spend the Australia Day long weekend by helping assist in facilitating this year’s Wollongong portion of the Global Game Jam.
The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game creation event which takes place around the world at hundreds of different physical locations.
The similarity to our learning program is the aim of this event is to encourage creative game development whether it be programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. All within a 48-hour period. The GGJ is for people of all different levels of experience and skill.
The way it works is everyone gathers on Friday afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced this year it was transmission. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, to be completed by the Sunday.
This is our second year being involved in helping facilitate Wollongong’s portion last year at the Zig Zag Hub. Which had 700 locations in 95 countries create over 7000 games in one weekend.
One of the reasons that we love being involved is that the event encourages people to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.
What we also love about the GGJ is that it stimulates collaboration and is not a competition, which is a large part of the development culture at Devika.
This year’s event was held in the SMART Building at the University of Wollongong which provided a fantastic facility for the teams to use. The Devika team was on hand to assist the team with technical advice, and we also provided access to hardware such as the HTC Vive, Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets, and the Microsoft Hololense.
One of the most exciting parts was seeing former Devika Learning students participating and using what they learned from their time as students.
It was awesome in general seeing the turn out of the local community to support this event, and game development in general. Some of the exciting ideas which stood out where how one team built a platformer based around signals to turn on an off element of the game, and how another team built a virtual reality game about receiving signals from a source and depending on the signal to solve a series of puzzles.
It was a great way to spend a long weekend and we look forward to next year’s Global Game Jam and hopefully, we see you there.