This past weekend the Global Game Jam 2020 took place at the Graz University of Technology. An event where people from around the world get together to develop new Games. This year’s topic was “Repair”.
With 50 participants, the jam site in Graz was the largest of Austria.
Five of our members, Sandra, Anton, Thomas, Christian and Johannes participated in the event and in the end we created three fully fledged games in just 48 hours.
On the weekend of 27th to 28th of April, the 44th edition of Ludum Dare took place. Ludum Dare is one of the longest running online Game Jams. All participants are tasked with creating a game relating to a community chosen theme within 48 hours in the “Compo” category or within 72 hours for the more relaxed “Jam” category.
Nowadays there are countless online game jams happening anytime. However, what makes Ludum Dare special, is its long history (and therefore higher visibility) and unique rating system. Only people who participated in the jam are allowed to rate other people’s games. By rating games (as well as leaving feedback on their game pages), your game gets more visibility on the main homepage, and is more likely be rated by other people too. This encourages people to play more games and leave more feedback, resulting in more feedback than at most smaller events.
A few days ago Sandra, Johannes, Anton and Klemens took part in one of the biggest game developer events worldwide: the Reboot Develop Blue in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We got the opportunity to meet a ton of people from all over the games industry and hear talks from industry legends like Patrice Désilets (Panache Digital Games), Warren Spector (OtherSide Entertainment) or Hidetaka Miyazaki (From Software)