Purdue Fort Wayne


GGJ PFW - Final Accouncement

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Hey everyone!


It's our pleasure to announce the Purdue University Fort Wayne Global GameJam tonight! The venue will open at 4:30PM, with a theme announcement at 5:30. For those of you who signed up to come in person, be prepared to sign in and have a blast.


Thanks to all of you, both on and off campus, we were able to meet (and exceed) our expectations for capacity!! This is an awesome start to the semester and we couldn't have done it without you.


Hopefully we'll be seeing you tonight, either online or in person!

PFW Campus
    • Welcome to Global Game Jam in Fort Wayne!

      This site is sponsored by Purdue Fort Wayne's Department of Computer Science, local chapter of ACM (Association of Computing Machinery), and regional developer group Fort Wayne Devs.

      This event is entirely free!

      Food will be provided for multiple meals during the jam. Donations are accepted for any extra food or materials needed throughout the event.

      Jam Schedule:
      48 Hours consecutive room availability:

      Friday, Jan. 26 - 5:30 PM (Doors open at 4:30)
      Saturday, Jan. 27 - All Day
      Sunday, Jan. 28 - 6:00 PM - Game Development Ends
      Sunday, Jan. 28 - 6:00-8:00 PM - Game Showcase Open House

      The jam will kickoff on Friday with a reveal party and team formation.

      You can register for the jam through this site.
      Be sure to add your email and Discord contact info. We will send out further info near the event.

      This event is a hybrid format. That means you can work on-site or from home throughout the event. Remote jammers can work in our Discord server. You will receive an invite prior to the event.

      Below are some FAQs about the event for those who have never been to a game jam before!

      What is a Game Jam?

      A Game Jam is an event in which you are challenged with creating a video game from scratch in a time limit. Global Game Jam is an annual event that lasts 48 hours.

      Do I already need a team to participate?

      You do not have to have a team before joining the event. Teams will be formed when the event begins.

      What will I create?

      That’s entirely up to you! Each game jam has a “theme” that guides your creativity. These prompts change yearly and are only a simple word or phrase. Previous examples are "Roots" (2023) “Duality” (2022), “What home means to you” (2019), “Ritual” (2016), and “Extinction” (2011).

      I don’t have experience programming or designing games, can I still participate?


      There is no programming experience, design experience, etc. required. You can create something with whatever experience you have so far. The Global Game Jam is not a competition; it is an event designed to get people creating awesome new gaming experiences!

      To help alleviate some learning curves, we will provide GGJ workshops on the following dates to help prepare you for the jam:

      January 12th, 2024, at 5:00pm in Neff Hall B27:
      GGJ Workshop 1 “Intro to Global Game Jam - Art”
      Watch Now: [URL]

      January 19th, 2024, at 5:00pm in Neff Hall B27:
      GGJ Workshop 2 “Intro to Global Game Jam - Code”

      Other Learning Resources

      There are many useful tutorials and documentation available to get into the exciting world of game development. Below are some links to help you guide your learning!

      Version Control (Team Project File Management):
      GitHub for Unity - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpXxcvS-g3g&ab_channel=Brackeys

      Unity Tutorials:
      The Unity Tutorial for Complete Beginners - https://youtu.be/XtQMytORBmM
      Brackey's Unity Tutorials - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYbK_tjZ2OrIZFBvU6CCMiA

      Useful Unity Tools:
      Camera Tools - https://unity.com/unity/features/editor/art-and-design/cinemachine
      Unity Visual Scripting - https://unity.com/features/unity-visual-scripting
      Probuilder (3D Level Builder) - https://unity.com/features/probuilder

      Art Tools:
      Blender (3D) - https://www.blender.org/
      MagicaVoxel (3D Voxel) - https://ephtracy.github.io/
      Aseprite (2D Pixel Art) - https://www.aseprite.org/
      Paint and Paint 3D (Already installed on Windows computers) - https://apps.microsoft.com/store/detail/paint-3d/9NBLGGH5FV99
      TurboSquid (Free 3D Models) - https://www.turbosquid.com/Search/3D-Models/free

      Sound Tools:
      FMOD - https://www.fmod.com/unity
      Free Sound Effects - https://freesound.org/
      Chrome Music Lab - https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/

      Story/Narrative Tools:
      Ink - https://www.inklestudios.com/ink/
      Ren'Py - https://www.renpy.org/

      Other Useful Resources:
      Netcode Considerations - https://blog.unity.com/technology/choosing-the-right-netcode-for-your-game
      Choosing a Render Pipeline - https://docs.unity3d.com/uploads/Main/BestPracticeLightingPipeline16.svg

      List of Potential Game Engines besides Unity (by language):
      JS: Phaser - https://phaser.io/ or ThreeJS - https://threejs.org/
      py: pygame - https://www.pygame.org/news
      C#: Godot - https://godotengine.org/
      C++: Unreal Engine - https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US
      Rust: Bevy - https://bevyengine.org/
      Java: libGDX - https://libgdx.com/
      Lua: Love2D - https://love2d.org/ or Pico8 - https://www.lexaloffle.com/pico-8.php
      Go: EBitEngine - https://ebitengine.org/
      No Code At All: Bitsy - http://make.bitsy.org/ or Scratch - https://scratch.mit.edu/
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      English (English)

      Age Restrictions
      18+ only
      Entrance Fee
      Maximum Capacity
      Open for entire 48 hours
      Who Can Participate
      Available Tools or Technology
      Each team has access to:
      1 Desktop computer with Unity installed
      1 Large TV for team collaboration
      Outlet access (We recommend bringing a power strip in case)
      Free guest WiFi for the duration of the event
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      Alcohol Free or Alcohol Free Spaces
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      Completely Non Smoking
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      Drinks and Snacks
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      Free Coffee
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      Gender Neutral Toilets
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      Gluten Free Food Options
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      Quiet Space

      Has a quiet space/spaces away from the main jam areas

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      Site Recycles

      This site recycles

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      Vegan Food Options
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      Vegetarian Food Options
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      Welcomes Boardgame Creation
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      Welcomes Hardware Games / Alt Controllers
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      Wheelchair Accessible

      Wheelchair accessible and has accessible toilets