Becker hosts Global Game Jam
Published on: January 28, 2019
Becker College was, once again, selected as a host site for the Global Game Jam, which was held on Jan. 25-27. Becker’s International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Club was in charge of the local jam and the College campus was one of hundreds of host sites throughout the world. Last year, the annual event for game developers of all kinds was held in 803 locations in 108 countries, and led to the creation of 8,606 games.
For the Global Game Jam participants, the focus for the gathering is on collaboration, not competition. Operated by the international non-profit Global Game Jam, Inc., the event is designed to foster game design and game education, while helping students to form new friendships and increase their self-confidence. Game Jam participants are encouraged to explore new technology tools as they work together to design, create and test new games, all within a 48 hour time span.
“The Becker College game students have had a rich history of participation in such events,” said Associate Professor Terrasa Ulm, who is the IGDA club’s advisor. “A jam is a truly unique opportunity to come together, share a passion for creative expression, learn from one another, and ultimately contribute to a lineage of inspiration.”
According to organizers, Global Game Jam is the largest game creation event taking place around the world at physical locations. At Becker, the jam was held in the Colleen C. Barrett Center, which includes lab space as well as room for post-jam presentations.
For a look at some of the games that Becker students worked to create during this year’s jam, go to: