Becker club to hold game jam for high schoolers
Published on: June 1, 2020
The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Becker College Club is offering the Jump Start Game Jam for interested high school students, parents or teachers, on June 13-14. The virtual event is free, but preregistration is required by June 9.
Game jam lets participants try their hand at creating a video game.
“Our Jump Start Game Jam has been designed with first-time participants in mind,” said Gavin Camlin ’21, IGDA Becker Club vice-president. “High school students who have a passion for games and are searching for fun, new things to do during the pandemic will enjoy game jam.”
Those who sign up will also get the chance to hear mini-talks from game industry professionals like Owen Leach from ZeniMax Online (Elder Scrolls Online) and Gwen Frey from Chump Squad (Kine).
“Creating a game is a great experience,” said Robby Williams ’21, IGDA Becker Club secretary. “It opens up a whole new world. Every game jam I’ve been involved in has always produced some amazing work.”
For participants, there will be a dedicated communications channel on Discord with IGDA Becker Club student members, so participants who have questions, want advice, or experience problems can connect.
The club will also provide participants with an introductory game jam “kit,” which includes some game jam basics, free software recommendations and some game assets that the participants might need.
The virtual event will be co-sponsored by MassDiGI, with whom the club collaborated last fall to run a pilot effort as part of Massachusetts STEM Week.
The IGDA Becker Club anticipates that the games created during the jam will be posted online on Itch.io for all to play at the conclusion of the event.
To preregister for the Jump Start Game Jam, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jump-start-game-jam-tickets-106914969552.
To learn more about Becker College’s game design program, go to https://www.becker.edu/academic/academic-programs/design-technology/interactive-media-design/game-design/