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College of Computing and Information, International Game Developers Association host Global Game Jam

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

Creating games at the computer

The University at Albany's College of Computing and Information (CCI) is the Albany host site for the 1st Annual Global Game Jam.

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 26, 2009) -- The University at Albany's College of Computing and Information (CCI) is the Albany host site for the 1st Annual Global Game Jam, Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, 2009. UAlbany is one of 51 locations in 21 countries and 14 time zones.

A game jam is a cooperative gathering of game developers who meet to encourage experimentation and innovation. Participants are given a theme to incorporate in the creation of a game while meeting and working with new developers.

The Global Game Jam, an initiative of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Education Special Interest Group, is co-sponsored by the Albany IGDA chapter.

"The game development industry in Tech Valley is vibrant and growing, and we're pleased to partner with local innovative groups like the Albany chapter of the International Game Developers Association," said CCI Dean Peter Bloniarz. "The Jam participants will have to apply the many skills and perspectives that go into a successful game, from software development to artistic talent. It should be a fun learning weekend for students, amateurs, and professional game developers alike."

Gamers working on programs and games

A game jam is a cooperative gathering of game developers who meet to encourage experimentation and innovation.

"The International Game Development Association is sponsoring this global event as a community building and development opportunity for both current and aspiring game developers," said Ian Stead, Albany IGDA Chapter Coordinator. "Our Albany IGDA Chapter is excited that our area is part of this global event."

Participants can register with IGDA or at the door. The event will begin at 5 p.m. on January 30 in Campus Center Room 375 on the UAlbany uptown campus, and end at 5 p.m. on February 1 with a presentation of the completed games. Parking is available in Visitor's Lot 2 on the uptown campus.

About the College of Computing and Information
The College of Computing & Information (CCI), University at Albany, State University of New York, is headquartered on the Harriman Research and Technology Park. We prepare UAlbany students to succeed in the information-rich world they will inhabit, and through our research we help create that world.

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