Game JAM – June 20th-22nd

2St. Edward’s University and Skillpoint Alliance will host a Game Jam sponsored by RTX 2014!

Date: June 20th-22nd 2014
Place: Ragsdale Center, St. Edward’s University
Registrationhttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/skillpoint-alliance-game-jam-tickets-11187531207

 

What is a Game Jam?

Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. Game Jams encourage people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this spread of game development and creativity.

RTX is an annual gaming and internet convention created by Rooster Teeth Productions in Austin, TX. Learn more here: http://rtxevent.com/home.php

Register for the 2014 RTX convention now! http://rtxevent.com/registration/

Where Will the Event Happen?

The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Ragsdale Center. (http://www.stedwards.edu/map/maincampus).

After the opening ceremony and before the closing ceremony, teams may work in the Mabee Ballroom from 6:30am – 12:00am, Friday – Sunday.

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Who Can Attend?
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Anyone with an interest in designing games can attend. All participants must be 18 years or older. You don’t necessarily need to have experience in designing a game before and you don’t need to have programming skills. In designing a game, various assets and skills are hugely important other than programming, such as: writing, art, sound, and game design. Teams need a mix of people with various backgrounds to truly succeed. Register now: Link coming soon!

What Should I Bring?

Participants must bring their own laptop if you need dedicated game software (e.g. Unity or UDK), you must rely on your own laptop. St. Edward’s University campus computers are only available for St. Edward’s students and generally have limited hours of availability.

Internet access and power will be provided at St. Edwards University.

Resources: 

Software Resources (PDF)

Jammer Resources (Webpage)

Prizes:

In addition to the thrill of participating in the Game JAM, we will have a jury of local industry professionals who will judge the games at the end of the weekend. We will award three prizes: best in show, best use of theme, and best original design. The team members of the award winners will each receive Rooster Teeth Prize Packs  (teams cap at 5 members).

Schedule:

The event will run from Friday, June 20th at 5:00pm until Sunday, June 22nd at 5:00pm. Participants are free to work outside the event area during the development hours but are required to attend the initial check-in portion and final presentations. Some important timestamps are as follows:

Friday, June 20th

4:00-5:00pm: Check-in and Registration – Jones Auditorium

5:00pm: Theme Reveal and Presentation

12:00am: St. Edward’s Work Space Close

Saturday, June 21st

6:30am: St. Edward’s Work Space Open

3:00pm – 5:00pm: Industry Mentors Available to Provide Advice and Feedback on Progress – St. Edward’s University, Mabee Ballroom

12:00am: St. Edward’s Work Space Close

Sunday, June 22nd

6:30am: St. Edward’s Work Space Open

3:00pm: Deadline for Submitting Games – Site Celebration

4:00pm: Presentations and Awards

Food & Drinks:

We will intermittently provide food and drinks during the event when available. There are also many varied food and drink options available in the vicinity of both locations.

Transportation & Parking:

We encourage participants to take public transportation. Bus routes to campus and the downtown area can be found at: http://www.capmetro.org.

For commuters, St. Edward’s campus parking information is available here.

Contact Information:

Chelsea Biggerstaff, Digital Media Program Coordinator: cbiggerstaff@skillpointalliance.org.

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