How to build a video game in two days

Media Design School’s Global Game Jam attracted a record 102 registered participants, all taking part in this year’s gathering. This is the largest number of game jammers ever registered at one site in New Zealand. 

The Global Game Jam is a 48-hour gathering of game developers, artists, creators and enthusiasts, which takes place simultaneously in many different locations around the world.

The event is organised globally by the International Game Developers Association and took place at Media Design School’s central Auckland campus last weekend.

Each Game Jam comes with a specific theme. This year’s was simply called “What do we do now?”. This theme proved a welcome challenge for the participants or ‘jammers,’ who enthusiastically took to the task over the two-day period.  

Jackson Wong, a second year Media Design School student, said it was good to be able to put his new skills to good use.

“The Global Game Jam provided us with a safe environment to make new friends, experiment freely and discover what we’re capable of … everyone was more than happy to put their heads together, share tips and teach each other a thing or two,” said Wong.

Tece Bayrak  is a Lecturer in Game Programming at Media Design School and is also the organiser of the Global Game Jam in Auckland.

“We were also pleased to be able to reward some of our hard working jammers with a series of prizes, including a brand new PlayStation 4,” said Bayrak.

The prototypes for the games can be viewed here.

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