Our two crazy jamtivists, Samuli Jääskeläinen and Jonne Harja are attempting an an unprecedented challenge titled JamBike. This game development journey takes them from Helsinki to Malmö, 12th – 17th May, creating a game while they cycle. The duo travels with a tandem bike creating as green game as possible. The game jam happens on the saddle: one codes, the other one steers and solar panels produce electricity. Final destination of the team is Nordic Game Conference where the game will be displayed for fellow game developers around the world. The trip is accompanied with a custom made computer attached to the bike and lots of Finnish game developer insanity.
The idea for the JamBike 2017 was originally conceived at Indie Beer meetup at Helsinki as joke about making a game on a bike. A year later, the gag is turning into a challenge with a serious intent. The goal of the insane experiment is producing a game 100% with renewable energies and encouraging healthy living habits – and of course like all other crazy game jams out there: creating a game under interesting development constraints testing the limits of the game creators.
The experiment is supported by us and sponsored by a handful of courageous game companies including Fingersoft, Mindfield Games, Frogmind, Yousician and Two Men and A Dog. The Nordic Game Conference is hosting the first view of the jam game.
The jam is recorded on the road with a help of a small media team following the developer duo with a camper van producing tweets, posts and most importantly videos at:
Another succesful game jam held at the one of the biggest demoparties in the world!
This year’s theme was “Is this real life? Or is this just fantasy?” and we are seeing a lot of VR projects this time around thanks to the strong presence of peeps from FIVR! Dinosaurs have also had a huge role in at least 3 of the projects because well… dinosaurs are awesome.
Want to create games for Oculus Rift, Kinect and latest gaming gadgets? Sign up now and join Gadget Jam!
Gadget Jam is a development event dedicated entirely to all kinds of electronic devices. During the weekend the participants will divide into teams and race against time to create a working application for a gadget of their own choosing.
We welcome both professionals and hobbyists alike. You don’t need to have a team or a development idea ready before the event, all you need is an interest in gadgets and an open mind!
We are preparing for the Global Game Jam 2014 event. At least 13 different locations in Finland will be taking part to a massive, truly global game development challenge where people all around the globe develop games within the same weekend – in less than 48 hours. For the Finnish Game Jam, 2014 will be the fifth year of participation and we are anticipating over 600 Finnish game developers, students and hobbyists to register. The FGJ2014 event is supported by Grand Cru and SITRA among numerous local sponsors and enablers.