Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring Game Jam 2017 FAQ


You can get the basic info and sign up for the Game Jam right here!

What's a Game Jam?

You have one weekend to form a team and build a game! Game Jams are exciting and fun opportunities for students of all experience levels to engage in game development.

When and where does the Game Jam start?

The event kicks off at 6:00 PM, Friday, March 24, in ECE 104 (Electrical and Computer Engineering, room 104) , but we encourage participants to come to the reception starting at 5:00, where they can socialize and form teams.

When does the Game Jam end?

The closing ceremony happens at 12:00 PM, Sunday, March 26. There, teams present their games to the judges and contestants, and we announce a winner!

Do I have to stay at the event for its duration?

Nope! Most teams do choose to stay at the event, but the only parts of the Game Jam that participants absolutely have to attend are the kickoff and the closing ceremony. On the other hand, the event runs continuously for its duration, so some teams choose to stay overnight!

But I don't know how to build a game!

If you can make art, write code, compose music, or write a story, that's all the knowledge you need to participate! We'll be holding some workshops at the start to teach you how to use game development tools - it's way easier than you'd think.

What restrictions are placed on teams and their games?

We only ask that teams make new games, instead of working on existing projects. Reusing individual assets, such as existing art, code, or music, is fine. There is no restriction on team size, but we recommend sticking to no more than two people of any skillset (art, programming, music, etc.), since larger teams can get unwieldy.

Wow, this is all really awesome! Where can I sign up?

We're glad you asked! You don't need to sign up in order to participate, but it helps us get a handle on attendance. The link for signups can be found right here!