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Global Game Jam this weekend at the University of Texas

Attendees at the 2009 GGJ in Glasgow look on as a pitch is made.
Attendees at the 2009 GGJ in Glasgow look on as a pitch is made.
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The Electronic Gaming Development Society, EGaDS, will be hosting the Austin site for the second annual Global Game Jam.

Global Game Jam is a "video game creation marathon" sponsored by IGDA where sites across the world all work to create video games during a single weeked. At the end, each title is published at the GGJ website and credit given to the individual developers along with their team.  

The weekend long event kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. and will continue through Sunday at 3 p.m. EGaDS has a large room reserved at The McComb's School of Business building in CBA 3.202 in the CBA Events Room.

Game Jams are events where developers from all disciplines come together to create an entire video game within a certain time frame. This past weekend, Flixel Jam had 12 attendees where a flash game called Terminal Velocity was created in an six hour time frame. 

With Global Game Jam, developers have a longer opportunity to work on and polish a title. The event will require artists, musicians, coders, designers, and myriad other attendees to make the event a success.

While titles created at game jams are fairly simple, the events are great networking and learning experiences for all involved. The opportunity to be around professional and amateur game developers in a working environment is relatively rare, those looking to break into the industry will definitely want to begin here.

Global Game Jam is open to the public. On Friday designers will pitch game ideas and those not already associated with a team may join up on the project they are most interested in.

More information may be found on the EGaDS webpage or on the official Global Game Jam site.

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