This past Saturday we hosted our 3rd and largest game jam yet, with over 85 children ages 6-14 building and sharing games. In the afternoon the children broke up into groups of up to 4 and collaborated on a game that they drew, named, conceptualized, designed, tested, and ultimately shared to our community. For the last hour of the day they played each others games and ultimately voted on their favorite, where the 3 winning teams we’re awarded a prize (including a free download of our upcoming game, Adventure Time Game Wizard). Over 45 games we’re created and shared over the 6 hour game jam.
Photos from the event.
A huge thanks to our sponsors, which made this event possible!
- Steve Carrington and Murphysboro School District 186
- Modern Office Connections
- Wiffleboys Pizza
- First Bank & Trust of Murphysboro
- Stan Graeff of State Farm
- Wright Do It Center
- Old National Bank of Murphysboro
- Galen Rath, Photography and Videography
- All our volunteers: Steve, Ann, Nichole, Patti, Kevin, Heather, Josh, bill, Jo, Darryl, Chris & More!
Games Created in the Game Jam
Below are a list of the games that the participants created, including a link to play the game if you have Pixel Press Floors installed on your iPad or iPhone (click the link from your device to open it in the app). The top 3 are our winners. If your child participated in the game jam, be sure to ask them which game they created! Also the winning games are featured in this weeks featured levels.
Morgan Freeman Superstar
Johns Hard Test
MIG AND JRS CREEPERLAND
BIG Boss Level
Chloes Jungle Adventure
Squirmy Mcgiggles Adventures 2
JOHNS LAVA PIT
JOHN AND WILLS FUN
Hardcore Parkour New
Theres No Title
Awesome levels of death
Will Hawthorne did it again
More Tools for Making Games
We also talked with the children at the event about some other tools they could use to create games with if they are interested in expanding their skills to the next level, here are a few to looks up.
Scratch – great for beginners game builder
Gamesalad – good beginner to intermediate game builder
ComicLife – a great beginner tool for learning about storytelling and illustration, a key part of the game creation process
Unity – used by the professionals to build games, so a steeper learning curve, but lots of great tutorials
Students Involved in Technology Conference – Join Us!
We’ll be attending the SIT conference on February 21st, 2014 in Carbondale, IL. Click here to learn more and click here to register. This is an event where the students share with others students what they are doing with tech.