Sunday, March 25, 2018

Spring 2018 Game Jam FAQ



Sign up for the Spring 2018 Game Jam 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 starts on Friday, April 6th in Gould-Simpson 914. We encourage participants to show up at 5:30 PM to socialize and form teams, and kickoff starts at 6:00!

When does the Game Jam end?

Games are due at noon on Sunday, April 8th, and the closing ceremonies begin shortly after. There, teams present their games to the judges and contestants, and we announce the winners!

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

Nope! Many teams 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!


Will there be... food?

Yes! Meals and snacks will be provided all weekend, free of charge, to all participants.

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

You don't need to have prior game development experience to be a valuable team member! If you can write code, draw art, make 3D models, design levels, compose music, record sound effects, or write a story, your team can help you learn how to apply those skills to game development.


If you or your team need a crash course in basic game development, we'll also be hosting a Unity tutorial on the first night of the Game Jam, so don't worry about needing to study beforehand!

Can I form any team?

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 that makes it much harder to designate tasks.

Can I make any game?

Pretty much! We only ask that teams make new games, instead of working on existing projects, which is why the Game Jam has a mystery theme to be announced during kickoff that all teams' games should use as inspiration! Reusing individual assets from past games, such as existing art, code, or music, is fine.

This all sounds great! How do I sign up?

The link's at the top, remember? But because you've been such a good listener, I'll link it again here.

Wait! I have more questions!

You can email us with any other questions you might have, or join our Discord server to chat with us and other club members!