Niagara College students, staff and alumni logged some major creative time last weekend during the annual Global Game Jam (GGJ) at NC’s Welland campus.
For 48 consecutive hours, from Jan. 26-28, gamer participants – students and alumni from NC’s Game Development Program as well as volunteers – worked in teams to design a new video or board game to help inject new ideas into the gaming industry. The GGJ operates in over 111 countries in local sites where participants form teams to design a new game – the specific theme of which is announced at the start of the jam.
“It’s awesome to see current and former students of Niagara’s Game Development program come together to share in an intense worldwide creative effort,” said Game Development program professor Rick Goertz. “The collaboration and knowledge exchanged is truly remarkable.”
This is the third year NC has hosted a jam. The College has excellent computer labs that assist participants in putting their skills to this friendly global jam. This year, NC teams managed to put together 13 games. Screenshots, descriptions, and downloadable files of NC’s projects can be viewed on .
Third-year Game Development student Paul Boyko was part of a team that created a game in which the player, as a teleporter technician, must correctly sequence DNA to enable safe transport through a morse-code based teleportation device.
ᾮThe Global Game Jam was a real fun experience where I was given the opportunity to push the limits of the skills I had developed as a Game Developer,” said Boyko. “With a small team we went from simple theme to completed game in only 48 hours. It really shows what you can accomplish with hard work and determination under pressure.ᾯ
ᾮThe Global Game Jam is a great way to experiment and hone your skills in game development. The short period of time, rapid development cycle and low financial risk allows game developers to try something new and grow as a developer,” said NC alumnus and organizer of the NC Global Game Jam Tom Brown.
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