2021-Game Jam 2021

Global games event a hit

Mon, 01 Feb 2021 15:09:00 GMT
The Game Jam theme is revealed at the start of the event.
The Game Jam theme is revealed at the start of the event.

Glasgow Caledonian University boasted the best attended hub in Scotland at this year’s Global Game Jam.

There were 166 jammers taking part in the global event via GCU, which this year had to take place entirely online because of coronavirus restrictions.

The GCU community joined thousands of game designers around the world for the weekend-long event which kicked off at 5pm on Friday, January 29, and finished 5pm Sunday, January 31.

This year, the participants were given the theme ‘Lost and Found’ late on a Friday afternoon. They had 48 hours to create a game based around it. The GCU community produced 36.

A highlight from this year’s GCU contingent was Cold Call, which can be played here, with two of those involved already snapped up by a Glasgow games company.

Dr David Farrell, Lecturer in Applied Computer Games, said: “Overall the Jam went really well and, despite missing the vibe of sharing a room together, the atmosphere was great and we managed to find that Game Jam spirit.” 

GCU staff and volunteers were on hand to facilitate the online process, helping participants find groups if they didn’t already have one.