GGJ Archives 2009-2012

Global Game Jam Sets Guinness World Record™ for Being The Largest Game Jam in the World

The Global Game Jam (GGJ), a project of the International Game Developer’s Association (IGDA), announced today it will be shortlisted for inclusion in the upcoming Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition after being recognised as the World’s Largest Game Jam.

Gaz Deaves, Gaming Editor for Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition, said: "In a time when games studios are expressing concern over the influx of programming talent into their industry, it's great that Global Game Jam can act as fertile ground to nurture the next generation of superstar developers. This is a brilliant example of what a community of like-minded people can achieve and this record is a strong contender for inclusion in the next Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition."

The fourth Global Game Jam was held January 27-29, 2012 in 242 locations worldwide. This year 10,684 individuals participated and 2,209 game projects were created. Jam sites were organized in a record 47 countries, including for the first time in Hungary, Iran, Panama, Peru, Romania and Uruguay.

Diversifiers for GGJ 2012

The GGJ Diversifier system is a system aimed at diversifying the games as well as providing motivation for experienced game jammers. In a sense, the diversifiers are a free-for-all voluntary list of secondary constraints, that the individual teams can choose to go for, or not, as they please. If they do go for one or more diversifiers, they get to tick off those diversifiers as fulfilled when uploading their game.

As stated above, the diversifiers are absolutely voluntary, and no points are given for taking them. If you are a first time team of students, we recommend that you focus primarily on the overall constraint, and only add in extra diversifiers if you feel sure you will have something to hand in on sunday.

"Get ready" videos from around the world

Produced by Katie Duscharm - Calgary

Global Game Jam 2012 to kick off with an all-star cast of speakers, set to break previous records

Global Game Jam 2012 Trailer from Adam Barenblat and Amanda Ligman on Vimeo.

Check out the trailer for our GGJ12 keynote video, it's pretty spectacular!

We are proud to announce an all-star cast of speakers for our introductory video this year: This year we have Will Wright, Baiyon, Gonzalo Frasca, Brenda Garno Brathwaite and John Romero introducing Global Game Jam 2012.

How to register for GGJ (2012)

Registration for the Global Game Jam has 2 main parts. Both are necessary to be a part of the GGJ event.

  1. Register for your local Jam Site
  2. Register at the GGJ website

Featured Game - Fire! (Austria Game Jam)

You control the wind, and your goal is to burn everything down! Don't let the fire get extinguished. Have fun!

Location: Austria Game Jam
Platforms: Web standard (Html5, Java, JavaScript, Flash)
Link: http://globalgamejam.org/2011/fire

Featured Game - Infection/Extinction (Syracuse University, USA)

Infection/Extinction (Board Game)
A game of creatures that interact by the rules of the prisoner's dilemma and try to avoid extinction.

Location: Syracuse University, New York
Platforms: non-digital (board game)
Link: http://globalgamejam.org/2011/infectionextinction

Featured Game - The Last Dodo Sperm (GameIS - Israeli Game Developers)

The Last Dodo Sperm (Multiplayer)
A story of love and survival as a triumphant Dodo sperm fights to continue the noble Raphus Cucullatus line.

Location: GameIS - Israeli Game Developers
Platforms: Windows, Web Standard (Html5, Java, JavaScript, Flash)
Link: http://globalgamejam.org/2011/last-dodo-sperm-multiplayer

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