#FGJX and #GGJ18 Keynotes

Game jam may be over for now, but our thoughts are still on the awesome weekend. Watch or re-watch the Global Game Jam keynote including the theme revelation and the keynote and endnote from Finnish Game Jam:

A record-breaking year!

It’s been a busy weekend to many: we have 943 jammers creating new games in 26 locations all around Finland. That is a record in both numbers! A great way to celebrate the 10th Global Game Jam.

The teams have until 3pm to finish their games, and by 5pm all games have to be uploaded to Global Game Jam web page. Good luck for the final push!

The theme is…

Each year the Global Game Jam has a theme that unites all the games created in the event. The theme is revealed when the event starts and kept strictly secret until then. As GGJ locations spread through all the time zones, it is important that no one shares the theme publicly until all sites are jamming. Now, however, it is safe to say that the theme for Global Game Jam 2018 and #FGJX is… TRANSMISSION!

GGJ18 Diversifiers

The Global Game Jam diversifier list has been published! Diversifiers are additional design constraints that you can use. They are a good way to get inspired, to add extra challenge and to stand out from the crowd. You can choose up to four diversifiers from the list, or skip them altogether. The full list created by the GGJ is as follows: Continue reading

Press release: Finnish Game Jam celebrates Global Game Jam’s 10th anniversary

Finnish Game Jam, #FGJX, celebrates the tenth anniversary of Global Game Jam by once again arranging game development events throughout the country. On this special year, we additionally encourage various game jam stunts. Finland partakes in the GGJ now for the ninth time.

Participation in Finland is possible in more than 20 locations all the way from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, and we are expecting close to a thousand hobbyists and professionals taking part.

Game jams are crucial for many cities. The main organizer of FGJ Lahti, Joonas Muhonen, notes that jams are excellent meeting places for people interested in game development, especially in the cities where there’s not yet many game companies or game education. “In January’s jams you feel like you’re part of a bigger game dev family, and that might very well draw people in”, continues Muhonen.

Read the full press release (in Finnish) from here.

Call for stunt jams

Finnish Game Jam ry is supporting #FGJX jam sites to create something special for the celebrations of the 10th Global Game Jam. A stunt jam is an experiment that takes game jamming to another level – be it making a game for a planetarium full dome, jamming on a moving buss, together in the wilderness, or on a tandem bike. We have done this all, let’s do more!

Suggest a jam idea of 2-10 participants (or a small stunt that will happen at one of the #FGJX locations). We are also encouraging FGJ sites to organize a Friday sauna for the jammers, and will provide financial support for the most interesting jam saunas.

If you are a site organizer, start brainstorming your sauna ideas and other jam stunts and apply for funding! If you are not yet an organizer, come up with an idea of your special jam and we will fund the best stunts!