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Media advisory: Global Game Jam challenges gamers to build new games on the fly

by Jan. 25, 2018, 3:56 PM

Game enthusiasts from Vanderbilt and across the midstate who belong to the Nashville Game Developers community will descend on Vanderbilt University’s Wond’ry Friday evening to participate in a global 48-hour marathon development challenge. The Nashville organizers are local game developers Christopher Cotton and Justin Giles.

“Global Game Jam is an amazing event that brings together professional, amateur and aspiring video game creators and fans of gaming from across all academic disciplines to participate in quickly developing an idea and, in less than two days, turning it into a new game that can be enjoyed with their peers and the global community,” said Robert Grajewski, the Evans Family Director of the Wond’ry. “The Wond’ry is honored to partner with Nashville Game Developers as the exclusive Global Game Jam site in Nashville for two years running and to be part of a truly global event, with 485 sites in 73 countries creating video games over the same single weekend.”

On Friday evening, participants will learn the theme of the challenge and form teams. The teams will then have until 3 p.m. Sunday to build a brand-new game around that theme. The teams will present their games at 4 p.m. and wrap up around 5 p.m.

Media are invited to stop by the Wond’ry from 9 a.m.–noon Sunday to visit with the gamers as they put the final touches on their projects—and get a sneak peak at their creations—before everyone breaks for lunch. (View last year’s games here.)

Complete information about the Global Game Jam is available here.

  • What: Global Game Jam 2018
  • Who: Game enthusiasts from Vanderbilt and around the midstate
  • When: Sunday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Where: The Wond’ry at Vanderbilt, 2414 Highland Ave. (Between the baseball field and the VA)

Parking is available on the third floor of the 25th Ave. Garage, just across Highland from the Wond’ry and Engineering and Science Building. Enter the garage via Highland Ave.