UW-Green Bay Hosts Global Game Jam 2017

Mauthe Center is host site for ‘around-the-world’ concurrent video-game making event

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host Global Game Jam 2017, Friday through Sunday, January 20-22, at the Mauthe Center, adjacent to the UW-Green Bay campus. The event is an around-the-world concurrent “game jam” where teams form on the day of the event and participants code new video games in a 48-hour period culminating in a showcase on Sunday.

The end goal is to develop small but innovative video games, or non-digital game (ex. board game or card game) within the 48-hour timespan. At UW-Green Bay, about 20 to 30 participants (age 18 and older) will form teams and rapidly prototype game designs with a showcase featuring the best on Sunday afternoon.

Gaming professionals from ZyMo Entertainment, Thawed Codebase and Human Head will inspire participants.   

Media is welcome anytime. Contact on the day of the event is UW-Green Bay lecturer Ben Geisler (Computer Science). The agenda is as follows:

Friday, January 20

5:30 p.m.                                  Arrival at Mauthe Center, UW-Green Bay (near Kress Center)

6:00 p.m.                                  Speakers: Billy Sweetman, ZyMo Entertainment; Ben Geisler,

                                                   Thawed Codebase; Jacob   Labeots, Human Head studios

                                                   (15-minute talks meant to inspire).  

6:45 p.m.                                   Theme announced

6:50 p.m.                                   Brainstorming

7:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday   Game formation

Saturday, January 21           All-day game formation

Sunday, January 19

? to 3 p.m.                                Game formation

3 p.m.                                       Game upload

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.                      Game presentations/demonstrations

More about Global Game Jam

Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. The weekend stirs a global 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. The GGJ encourages people with varying backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,700 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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