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SUNY Morrisville to host annual Global Game Jam

Posted 1/27/23

Interested in making a game and being part of a global experiment in creativity?

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SUNY Morrisville to host annual Global Game Jam


MORRISVILLE — Interested in making a game and being part of a global experiment in creativity?

SUNY Morrisville is once again serving as a host site for Global Game Jam, the world’s largest game jam event, taking place Friday, Feb. 3 to Sunday, Feb. 5.

During the worldwide event, participants are given a central theme and just 48 hours to create a video or board/card game.

Registration for the SUNY Morrisville site is open for students and non-students over the age 18 of all skills levels at

During the fast-paced “jam session” teams of artists, hobbyists, programmers and gamers throughout the world are given a chance to brainstorm, innovate, collaborate and develop new ideas for game design.

The event begins at SUNY Morrisville on Friday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. in Charlton Hall with registration, a videoconference and unveiling of this year’s theme.

Final game submissions are due at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, followed by a game creation preview and weekend wrap-up.

Teams, some of which are formed on-site, spend 48 hours brainstorming and designing a new video or board game from scratch without any outside help. All finished GGJ games are archived on a website for everyone to play.

Some of the games participants at the Morrisville site have created include: Traps: The Spanish Adventurer (a journey to prove capability as an adventurer, by collecting all of the gold); Ex-Extinction (Sir Captain Rawrington must save his dinosaur ancestors from the incoming asteroid onslaught); Flight Team Phoenix (pilot a phoenix spaceship and eliminate alien enemies) and Cardiac Canyon (a hiker tumbles down a cliff and must follow his heart to lead him through the dark and back to his camp).

For more information about GGJ at SUNY Morrisville contact Professor Richard Marcoux at 315-684-6788 or

SUNY Morrisville’s curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses.

An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.

The event has grown significantly over the past several years. The 2009 Game Jam began with 53 sites, 23 countries, 1,650 participants, 370 games. pants, 9,010 games. The 2022 Game Jam had 680 sites, 100 countries, 33,000 participants, and 5,860 games.


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