Morrisville to host ‘Global Game Jam’

Published Jan 21, 2018 at 9:00am

MORRISVILLE — Morrisville State College will be one of the sites for the 2018 “Global Game Jam” (GGJ), the world’s largest on-site game creation event, on Jan. 26-28, the college said.

The GGJ is a 48-hour digital digital “jam session” that gives teams of artists, hobbyists, programmers and gamers throughout the world a chance to brainstorm, innovate, collaborate and develop new ideas for game design, the college said.

The GGJ at Morrisville State will be begin Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. in Charlton Hall with the unveiling of this year’s theme.

Registration for the local event is open for students and non-students who are age 18 and older of all skill levels at www.morrisville.edu/gamejam online. The $10 registration fee includes a T-shirt, pizza, beverages and breakfast.

Teams, some of which are formed on-site, will spend 48 hours brainstorming and designing a new video game based on the announced theme from scratch without any outside help, the college said. All finished GGJ games will be archived for everyone to play on the Game Jam website at globalgamejam.org/games online.

This is the ninth year that Morrisville State is serving as a host site for the international GGJ event which is marking its 10th year, the college said.

Among games created by participants at the Morrisville site: Traps: The Spanish Adventurer; Ex-Extinction; Flight Team Phoenix; Cardiac Canyon; WaveBummer; Trumma.

For more information about GGJ at Morrisville, visit morrisville.edu/gamejam or contact Richard Marcoux, Ph.D., at 315-684-6788 or at marcourp@morrisville.edu by email.

Further information about Global Game Jam is at globalgamejam.org online.