Jan 26 2018 17:00

The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal.

The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

The structure of a GGJ jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon. In January 2017, we had 700 locations in 95 countries create over 7000 games in one weekend! GGJ 2018 is happening on 26th-28th of January and one of the locations is the Oxford Hackspace! The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, increasing confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, try on new roles in development and test their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop, create, test and make a new game in the timespan of 48 hours. The GGJ stimulates collaboration and is not a competition.

To find out more check out our location page on the main event website: https://globalgamejam.org/2018/jam-sites/oxford-hackspace

There will be some snacks and drinks available at the event but you are welcome to bring food in. We do recommend you take a break for lunch.

Day 1 – Friday 26th – Arrival
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• 15.00-19.00: Check in
• 17.00-18.00: Announcements & Keynote
• 18.00-19.00: Group Forming
–Social "Get to Know Each Other" Exercises
–Pitches
–Group Forming

Day 2 – Saturday 27th – Work
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• 10.00-10.30: Breakfast
• 11:00 Deadline to create user profile and game page
• 13.00-14.00: Lunch
• 18:00-19:00: Playtesting each other's games
• 19.00-20.00: Dinner

Day 3 – Sunday 28th – Work
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• 10.00-10.30: Breakfast
• 13.00-14.00: Lunch
• 15.00-16.30: Deadline for handing in the games is 15.00
• 16.30-19.00: Presentations – Each team has 10 minutes to do a short presentation

• What to bring
Computers and a lot of creativity!
But really, you'll need a computer or be prepared to make board games.
Desktops are fine to bring as well!

• Important to know
The official sign-up for the event is at https://globalgamejam.org/2018/jam-sites/oxford-hackspace . While you are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to give us an accurate idea of how many people are coming, you can also wait until the event starts. All games need to be submitted through the website at the end of the event.

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