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Global Game Jam

January 29, 2010

Albuquerque Game Developers Unite for the Global Game Jam

Albuquerque will once again serve as a site for the Global Game Jam — a worldwide video game development challenge where participants must create a game, from concept to playable demo, in 48 hours.  The Global Game Jam, founded in 2009, is designed to bring together local game developers of all experience levels to push their skills and collaborate with people in their community.  The jam starts with all sites receiving a central theme and development teams, working concurrently around the globe, build game prototypes focusing on the theme.  Last year’s inaugural Global Game Jam had 1600 participants in over 50 cities worldwide, with 370 experimental game prototypes created and shared worldwide at the event’s conclusion.  
The Rio Grande IGDA, organizers of the Albuquerque site for the Global Game Jam, is hoping all those interested in game development come out to take on the challenge.  Last year Albuquerque’s 12 participants formed a monolithic team to develop the game “Chroma Geist”, which is rated on the Global Game Jam website as one of the top 50 games created.   The Global Game Jam inspired the NM Game Jam held last July and the Rio Grande IGDA hopes these two events will help spur growth of the NM game development industry.  “Game jams have so far been the best method I’ve seen in getting people together and continuing to work on game development projects long after the event’s end,” says Jon Whetzel, one of the chairpersons for the Rio Grande IGDA.  “I’d love to see these jams be the catalyst toward creating larger game projects and even more local game development studios.”
The jam will start Friday, January 29th at 5:00 pm, doors open at 4:00 pm for people to bring equipment and meet. The Albuquerque site for the Global Game Jam is at the UNM ARTS Lab (131 Pine St NE).  Game development concludes at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 31st with teams presenting their creations to the public.  For more information on the Global Game Jam, visit their website at  Questions from potential participants about the Albuquerque site may contact Eric Renz-Whitmore ( or Jon Whetzel (
     If you’d like to sign up for participating here in Albuquerque, please check in at
     Cost is $10 (for drinks and snacks).  More info at our various sites…
        And… if you’re in the southern part of the state, we’re excited to note that NMSU and DACC will have a site too!!!
          More info at:

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