Friday, January 29th at 5PM to Sunday, January 31 at 5PM
Location: Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Make a game in a weekend at the UCSC site of the 2016 Global Game Jam! This non-competitive, creative endeavor is free and open to the public, and all ages and experience levels are welcome. Jammers at local sites worldwide are invited to make games based on a theme, announced on Friday. Some form teams or work solo, on digital or physical games, with projects to be completed by Sunday afternoon. People are invited to explore, in a low-pressure, experimental environment, modes of creation that interest them (whether visual art-making, audio design, level design, storytelling, programming, etc), and draw inspiration and energy from making and learning things in the company of others.
There will be free meals throughout the weekend for jammers, and free introductory-level workshops preceding the event (starting Thursday evening). Topics include Unity, Twine, GameMaker, PCG, AI, and game design. Since 2009, the annual Global Game Jam has been the largest event of its kind, and grows exponentially year-to-year. In 2015, sites in 78 countries around the world made 5,439 games. Be a part of a deeply enriching, international, creative movement!