UA Little Rock to host Global Game Jam Jan. 26-28

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a Global Game Jam Jan. 26-28 for adults who are interested in creating a game in 48 hours.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a Global Game Jam Jan. 26-28 for adults who are interested in creating a game in 48 hours.

Global Game Jam is the world’s largest game jam event taking placing around the world at different locations. The event is similar to a hackathon but is focused on game development. In January 2017, more than 700 locations in 95 countries participated in Global Game Jam, which resulted in the creation of more than 7,000 games in a single weekend.

Participants will gather at UA Little Rock on Friday afternoon and be divided into teams, watch a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme will be announced. Teams will then have 48 hours to complete a game based on the theme.

Pre-event check-in for Global Game Jam will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in Donaghey Student Center Ledbetter B. The game jam will be held in the CRUX Lab in Stabler Hall Room 603 from 3 p.m. Jan. 26 until 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, when participants’ games will be revealed.

A sound booth, green screen, and a limited number of computers with game development tools will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own computers.

UA Little Rock’s event is hosted by the Department of Rhetoric and Writing, Little Rock Game Designers, and Little Rock Games.

Register for the event by signing up at the Global Game Jam website. For more information, email Olivia Dunlap at playlittlerockgames@gmail.com.

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