CSU, Chico News

Students to Design Video Game in Two-Day Event

Date: 01-27-2016

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Jeff Underwood, Lecturer
Computer Animation and Game Development

Two dozen computer animation and game development students at California State University, Chico will test their skills in a 48-hour game design event starting at 5 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 29, in O’Connell Technology Center Room 133.

Hosted by CSU, Chico’s Computer Graphics Club and the Computer Animation and Game Development program, the Global Game Jam connects developers from around the world to design video games around a central theme, kept secret until the start of the event.

During the weekend, the students will work together in teams to develop a game from start to finish in just two days. Thousands are expected to participate at other locations, including the Facebook headquarters, MIT and USC.

Students may choose to design their games within proposed constraints, such as making the game playable on an electronic wrist watch, or featuring recognizable elements from the developer’s hometown.

A special hashtag, #GGJ16, will feature social media posts from competition sites around the world, including the CSU, Chico’s.

“Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development,” said Jeff Underwood, a lecturer in the computer animation and game development program. “It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves using video games in a multitude of ways.”

Since the first event in 2009, Global Game Jam has grown to encompass 75 countries, 23,000 participants, 488 locations and 4,292 game projects.

Learn more about the contest at globalgamejam.org/about. Learn more about CSU, Chico’s Computer Animation and Game Development program at www.csuchico.edu/cagd.