Global Game Jam to be held Jan. 27-29

Morrisville State College News

By Franci Valenzano

(Morrisville, NY – Jan. 2012) Ken Stokes is pretty excited about making the four-hour plus trek from Connecticut to Morrisville State College at the end of the month.

The 2010 alum is eager to return to his alma mater to participate, along with thousands of others from all over the world, in the 2012 International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Global Game Jam (GGJ) Jan. 27-29. This is the third year Morrisville State College is serving as a host site for the international event, now in its fourth year.

Shawn Tysco of Cazenovia, John Fecteau of Syracuse, Ben Landers of Oneonta, and David Verro of Peterboro are also coming back to campus for the worldwide Game Jam where teams of artists, hobbyists, programmers, designers and musicians collaborate to create playable video games throughout the course of one weekend.

More than 3,400 jammers from 44 countries have registered for the event so far. Morrisville is one of five sites in New York state hosting the 48-hour event.

Amateurs, professionals, students, faculty, hobbyists and those with a passion for making games, are invited to participate at the Morrisville site. Registration is now being accepted. Participants must be 18 years old or older.

Meals, snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the weekend.

Dr. Richard Marcoux, assistant professor in Morrisville State College’s Computer Information Technologies Department who is organizing the event, estimates that last year’s participants consumed a whopping eight cases of the popular drink, while pizza and food from Seneca Dining Hall on campus, also helped fuel their creativity.

Participants are asked to meet at the college on Friday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. At that time, they will be given a theme, break into teams which will be formed on-site, then spend the weekend designing a new game from scratch without any outside help.

Each team will have until 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 to create its game. The event will be held in classrooms on the second floor of Charlton Hall. Local jurors will play all the games and at 5 p.m., each team will present its game to all participants. Each local site will announce what team best embodies the spirit of the jam.

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