Come jam with us in downtown Tucson! Startup Tucson has again donated their space to help us put on this great event. For more information please stop by and chat with us at Tucson Game Dev's Xmas Game Night. Please RSVP ahead of time so that we can get an idea of how big the event will be this year.
Is it really possible to make a game over a weekend?
Absolutely! Part of the fun is getting to the core of game creation and trying not to worry about making 'perfect' code, art, or design. Just break down some walls and get jamming!
Who is a Game Jam for?
Aspiring or experienced game makers who generally fall into one of the following categories:
Developer - Programmer who can write the logic for the game.
Artist - Creating graphics for the game.
Sound Designer - Writing music for the game.
Designer - Designing levels, story, and game systems.
Children are welcome to jam with their parents, as long as they are not left unattended. Many parents jam with their kids and help introduce them to game development using environments such as Scratch. Children under 18 must be accompanied by their legal guardian.
When is it and what kind of commitment can I expect?
The jam takes place over the course of the weekend of January 20th-22nd. How much work you want to put into it is up to you! Some people try to work non-stop. Others make smaller games in a couple afternoons. Its up to you.
Will I be working with other game developers?
It is not required but a jam is a social event and a great way to learn from others. You are more than welcome to work on your own, with your friends, or to work in a group. Some people come looking to work with other like-minded developers, others might have a group already.
I know nothing about making games but want to start.
If you don't feel like you can get jamming right away, let us help! Tucson Game Developers is a monthly meetup where we talk shop and introduce people to the fun of making games. Our December 2016 meeting will be a game night and you can stop by and ask any questions you might have.