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UAlbany to Host Global Game Jam on Jan. 28-30


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ALBANY, N.Y. (January 20, 2011) --

The University at Albany’s College of Computing and Information  will host the 3rd Annual Global Game Jam from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30. The event begins at 4 p.m. Jan. 28 in UAlbany’s Campus Center Room 375 and ends at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 with a presentation of the completed games.

Student creating a game on the computer

The Global Game Jam will bring students, enthusiasts and professional game developers together at the University at Albany to work on new ideas for games of all types. 

The Game Jam brings students, enthusiasts and professional game developers together to work on new ideas for games of all types. Participants form teams, generate game prototypes and develop something playable within a 48-hour time frame. The event takes place across the globe and starts with a theme announcement that varies by time zone.

This year, participation is expected to exceed the 2010 Global Game Jam, where more than 4,000 game enthusiasts in 139 different locations made more than 900 games. The Jam will support board and video game development.

"The University at Albany is pleased to partner with the International Game Developers Association and local game development companies in bringing the Global Game Jam back to Tech Valley," said College of Computing and Information Dean Peter Bloniarz. "This is an exciting opportunity for students to work with professional game developers for three days of intense creativity as they invent original games that are fun and exciting to play. We look forward to hosting the Jam."

The Global Game Jam is an initiative of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Education Special Interest Group. The Albany Chapter of IGDA is co-sponsoring the event.

"The Global Game Jam is a trial-by-fire entry point into game development. It's a great opportunity for on-the-spot education, collaboration and to mingle with other developers in one of the most creative and energetic industries," said Albany IGDA Chapter Coordinator Mark Abrams. 

Registration will be accepted online until Jan. 27, and is $10. Onsite registration costs $15 and begins at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 28. Parking is available in Visitors' Lot 2.


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