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  • Postcards from the Global Game Jam

    [02.06.09]
    - Zach Lehman, Albert T. Ferrer and Jill Duffy

  • The Beginning
    Global Game Jam, New York: Columbia Teachers College

    New Yorkers participated in the Global Game Jam at two events: one at New York University, and one uptown at Columbia Teachers College.

    At 5 p.m., the theme was announced:

    "As long as we have each other, we will never run out of problems"

    Each group was then to develop a playable game, in 48 hours, that fit this these while also incorporating a secondary theme of their choice: illusionary, pointed, or persistent.

    I checked into the event when everyone was still fresh-faced at about 7 p.m. Friday. I found (l-r) Chris Makris of Powerhead Games, Niki Yoshiuchi also of Powerhead Games, and Stefan Woskowiak, a Full Sail University alumnus, brainstorming in a stairwell.Photo

    When asked which secondary theme they would use, they said they didn't know and hadn't seemed to even consider it. We'll pick something later, they said, and make it fit. We'll use a literal interpretation and actually make something "pointy" for pointed, they said.

    Jill Duffy, GameCareerGuide.com

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