What happened last weekend at NHTV...

The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at 804 physical locations with 11 separate locations in the Netherlands. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development.

It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon. Last weekend nearly 250 game developers joined the Global Game Jam 2018 at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, which was among the largest Global Game Jam® sites in Europe. The ingredients for this jam were sleepless nights (or sleeping under a desk), pizza, trial and error, making new friends, having to make games with the theme ‘Transmission’ and having lots of fun. The audience winner of GGJ Breda was The Last Messenger, a game about wartime messenger pigeon 'transmitting' top secret information. In 2nd & 3rd place respectively were Olympic Space Swim Team and Pizza Panic. The rest of the games made at NHTV over the weekend can be seen here