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Global Game Jam โ€”> Register by January 28th โ€”> January 30th - February 1st

The New York City IGDA will be taking part in the Global Game Jam.

In a game jam, participants come together to make video games. Each participant works in a small team on a complete game project over the course of a limited time period, usually a weekend. With such a small time frame, the games tend to be innovative and experimental. Participants can contribute in a multitude of different ways, and people with little background in game design, programming, or animation are encouraged to join in the jam.

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the first of its kind: a game jam that takes place in the same 48 hours all over the world! The Global Game Jam will start at 5:00PM Friday, January 30, 2009 through 5:00PM Sunday, February 1, 2009, (all times local). All participants in the Global Game Jam will be constrained by the same rules and limitations, with each time zone having one distinct constraint.

The GGJ will begin with many special speakers and a video keynote from Kyle Gabler, half of 2D Boy, makers of the innovative World of Goo.

There are currently two locations planned for the GGJ in New York. The Teachers College at Columbia University will be hosting a location that is open to the public. Participants will be required to pay a small lab fee, and register online, as space is limited. http://www.tc.columbia.edu/ggj2009/

NYU will also be hosting a location that is limited to the NYU community; students and alumni of all colleges at the university. Participants will be required to register online by January 28th, as space is limited. http://socialgamelab.bxmc.poly.edu/global-game-jam/

For more information about the Global Game Jam (http://globalgamejam.org/), or to volunteer, please contact Oren Ross. (orenross_AT_gmail)

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