Play games made by staff and students at this year’s Game Jam

This year the University of Portsmouth Game Jam is celebrating its 10th anniversary on 11-15 June in Eldon Building. Around 130 students, staff, alumni and industry visitors will be forming teams and trying to make the best computer games they can in a week, and trying to beat the competition in a number of award categories, including an award for engagement with diversity, inspired by the University’s commitment to Athena SWAN values.

The teams must take inspiration from one of three random Wikipedia articles generated on the first day of the competition, and they can use any hardware and software they like to make their game. On the last day of the competition the games are judged by a panel of industry experts, plus special guests and members of the public. This provides a great networking opportunity for students and staff alike, and is very effective for students who want to get exposure to local employers.

The concept of a Game Jam – people coming together to make games in a short space of time – is nothing new, but 10 years ago the UoP Game Jam was one of the first of its kind, particularly in an academic context. Unlike traditional Game Jams, and rather than requiring 24-48 hours of stamina, the UoP Game Jam takes place over a week, with sensible working hours and mandatory lunch breaks, so as not to promote the unsustainable practice of “crunch”. This also allows jammers more time to develop or experiment in a way that is not normally possible.

The event, based in the Faculty of CCi, has grown year-on-year since 2009, and this year the team are expecting a record number of participants. All are welcome to come and play the games from 12.30pm until 2.00pm on Friday 15 June in Eldon Building 1st floor multimedia labs. Expect virtual reality, cutting-edge hardware, multiplayer madness and much more!

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