Global Games Jam at NWSAD 

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Last weekend saw 17 students from MDes and BA (Hons) Design: Animation, Visual Effects & Game Art programmes take part in the annual Global Game Jam. The goal of the Game Jam is to bring anyone with an interest in games together and attempt to make a computer or traditional game from start to finish within a strict 48 hour period. This year broke all records with over 36,000 ‘jammers’ taking part across 93 countries and over the whole weekend 6800 games were created worldwide.

The keynote opening was delivered by Chris Payne, lead programmer at Traveller’s Tales Games and the secret theme was revealed at 5pm on Friday evening. The theme was simply the word ‘Ritual’. The students then had until exactly 5pm Sunday evening to design and make an entire game. There was a lot of coffee drunk, a lot of pizza eaten and importantly a lot of fun had by all.

All levels of the undergraduate Design programmes took part, along with students from the BSc Game Development programme. Together they produced an amazing 16 fully working games that can be downloaded and played from the Glyndŵr University Game Jam link.

The Global Game Jam takes place every year at the end of January. Anyone wishing to find out more about how it works, or in participating themselves, can contact Simon Hall .