The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is yearly event that takes place around the entire world. Students, lecturers and industry professionals gather at locations around the world to create a game within 48 hours. The competition is aimed around a single theme which is presented at the start of the GGJ. After the 48 hours are up all games are being judged locally and the top three games will continue to the national finals.
During the weekend of 24th and 26th of January the GGJ was held in 5 different locations in the Netherlands including the NHTV. Jack Ward Fincham organized the event with help of a couple other amazing people. Al 160 people worked, slept, ate and drank a few beers during this time. They all created games around the theme from 2014: “We don’t see things as we are, we see them as we are”. The top three winners of the event where announced on Sunday at 18:30 within a smelly lecture hall that reeked of sweat, blood and hard working people.
The third prize was given to team Tagparty! with a game called “Tristar”. ‘A three-player, first-person competitive game, where each player assumes the role of a certain colour and will only see the world in that colour. The world is filled with eggs scattered everywhere, which can be picked up if they’re another colour from your own.’
The second prize was rewarded to “Smug64″ who created a board game instead of a digital game. The game was called “The Lesser Key of Solomon” where the players control teenagers who summoned a daemon. Each player is given an own identity and goal which they had to execute before others knew what their identities where. This is the first time that a board game has made it into the national finals of the GGJ.
First prize went to team Ferrara who created a game called Fru. The game uses the Kinect (XBOX 360) to display a ‘mask’ of the player projected onto the game world. This ‘mask’ enables players to see things within the game world and move their character to these locations. Team Ferrara also won the audience award which was decided from other participants.
These three teams will go to the national finals on the 25th of Februari at Control Gamelab!