Global Game Jam Singapore 2012

Global Game Jam 2012 (GGJ) is back and set to kick off on January 27. The annual event encourages game developers to create a game (digital or board-based) from a common theme that is only announced at the commencement of the event. The catch? Teams have only 48 hours in which to design, create and test the game. Ambitious? Indeed. Crazy? Maybe. Fun? Its got to be!

An initiative from the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), GGJ was first held in 2009 with 53 sites accross 23 countries. Last year 169 sites, 44 countries and around 6500 participants were involved across the globe including new members in Amman, Bangkok, Prague, Shanghai and Zürich. A staggering 1500 games were made during the two day period.

In 2012, Republic Polytechnic will be hosting GGJ 2012 in Singapore which will be the third year the institution has hosted the event. Commencing at 17:00 January 27 (Friday) through to 18:00 January 29 (Sunday) the event is sure be an intense, adrenaline-fueled way to spend the weekend.

Open to participants over 16 years, you can get involved as either a jammer (tertiary students and professionals) or mentor. There is no cost just bring along your own design materials (paper, pens, laptops, hardware, software, prototyping materials etc) and a healthy sense of collaboration. Details on how to get involved can be found on their information page. Check out the neat trailer below and game on!

For our international readers, there is sure to be a GGJ site near you. Participating jam sites are listed on the GGJ website.

IGDA Singapore Chapter Christmas Party

The Singapore Chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is holding their annual Christmas Party on December 14. With free admission for members of the Singapore game development community, its a great way to meet other professionals in the industry. This year the event will be sponsored by the Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

RSVP via their Facebook page here.

On the topic of Christmas, what is everyone hoping Santa puts into their game stocking this year? My fingers are itching for Skyrim :)