A weekend of intense game making

From all around the world:
Get ready for Global Game Jam 2012!

It’s only a little less than 38 hours left until the Game Jam, and all of us in the MGJ Planning Team are PSYCHED to be bringing the Game Jam experience to more people this year!  As of the moment we have more than 150 attendees across both the UP ITTC and DLS-CSB locations, with a good mix of industry professionals, students and hobbyist game developers.  Just as Global Game Jam has grown this year to more than 7000 jammers all around the world across 244 registered locations, our local jams have also grown, with our sites being listed as some of the larger jams around the world.

We’ve received some epic support from our partners and sponsors this year as well;  they’ve not only provided us the resources we need to organize a large multi-location event such as Manila Game Jam 2012, but have also stepped up to provide our attendees with some really great incentives in the form of prizes.


To make everyone’s Game Jam experience more fun, here are just some last minute reminders for everyone the day before Game Jam:

1)  Get your tools ready

You’ll only have 48 hours to make a game, so don’t use up that time downloading a 700MB+ Software Development Kit or a trial version of a 3D Modeling software.  We will provide machines in UP ITTC with the software pre-installed and have DVDs / Flash disks with installers, but it’s best to come prepared with your own.

Also, we have tons of great prizes this year for games developed using certain platforms:  Java Series 40, Windows Phone, Unity and HTML5.  If you plan on  creating games using these platforms, make sure that you’ve prepared your SDKs and other tools before hand.  We have the download locations for the SDKs at the Resources Page.

2)  Pack the essentials

We’re doing our best to make sure that you have everything you need to participate in the jam.  Our aim to get everything out of the way so you can focus on making awesome games.  That said we may be lacking a few things, so it would be great if you could bring the following:

  • sleeping bag  – (if you’re staying over.  Or at least pillows / blankets so you can rest comfortably)
  • extra food/water/medicine for you and your team
  • Internet dongle (i.e. globe tattoo) – just in case we need emergency Internet access
  • Extension cords (if you’re bringing laptops, tablets, etc that you need to charge)

3)  Prepare yourself physically and mentally

Making a game in 48 hours can be pretty stressful if you aren’t prepared for it.   So have a good night’s sleep tonight and clear your schedule for this weekend so you’re not worrying about pending tasks.  We’ll focus on the logistics to make sure that you have what you need to make a game in 48 hours, but preparing yourself is entirely up to you 🙂

Take care, see you on Friday and be prepared for another intense weekend of game making!


Your Manila Game Jam Planning Team


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