We cordially invite you to The Finnish Game Jam Awards on November 28, 2018 in Helsinki!
We have seen many incredible jams, jammers, and jam games this season, and again it is time to celebrate the creativity and daringness of the Finnish jamming community!
We are already in November, so it is only natural to make this our Christmas party as well! Christmas attires (especially hats) are strongly encouraged, but not mandatory. You will also get to meet Santa Claus, who is a great admirer of the game jam community and will make a special visit. Bring a small present if you wish to receive one!
The partyplace is Apollo Karaoke Bar on Mannerheimintie 16, right in the center of Helsinki.
Join the event by registering through Eventbrite here. You can find the Facebook event here.
Don’t forget the official event hashtag #FGJAwards
See you all there!
Finnish Game Jam Awards 28.11.2018, 7 pm – 11 pm Apollo Karaoke Bar Mannerheimintie 16 00100, Helsinki
In Museo game jam a diverse group of game developers and museum professionals came together to create games inspired by museum exhibition items. The jam was organized in collaboration of Finnish Game Jam Ry, Finnish Museum of Games and Stories to Games (Tarinat peliin) project as an effort to explore how non-game archive materials can be turned into games and installations.
The venue had an important role. The jam was held at the Museum center Vapriikki in Tampere, which hosts a diverse collection of museums, and is also the home of Finnish Museum of Games (Suomen Pelimuseo). Museum of Games holds an extensive archive of games, both digital and non-digital.
The archives and materials of Vapriikki worked as the main inspiration of the games. Researchers and other experts from several museums in Vapriikki presented the exhibition items that were curated for the jam. There was not a single set theme in the jam, instead the jammers used the presented items as their inspiration.
All of the games were open for public playtesting a day after the jamming ended.The jam attracted in total 32 jammers who created 8 games. You can download all the games for free from the jam’s Itch.io page.
Finnish Game Jam, The Finnish Museum of Games and Stories to Games project join forces to organize a jam that brings together game developers and museum experts. This endeavor is the first of it’s kind as The Finnish Museum of Games opens it’s archives for the participants to use and draw inspiration form. The jam is organized at the Museum Centre Vapriikki in Tampere, which is also the home of The Finnish Museum of Games.
On Friday after the jam all the games will be available for public to play in Vapriikki museums.
Registration is now open in Eventbrite. See you in Vapriikki!
Museo Game Jam 7.-8.11. 2018 Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere
The Finnish Museum of Games showcases the Finnish gaming culture in a versatile manner and tells the story of how digital gaming in Finland started and developed over the years. In addition to digital games, the museum also talks about board games and role-playing games.
Tarinat peliin (Stories to Games) is a development project which aims at bringing museum professionals and game industry professionals together and creating games based on real stories. The project is executed by The Finnish Museums Association and Kajaani University of Applied Sciences. The project began on May 2017 and will last until December 2018.
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.