Game Jam 2022

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Intro to Game Jam 2022

TU Dublin will be hosting a virtual weekend Game Jam starting from Friday 25th February 2022 at 10:00 to Sunday 27th at 23:59. The goal of this Game Jam is to develop educational games for use in language learning. Besides being a bit of online fun, some of other benefits of participating are:

  • Prizes – yeah!
  • Meeting students from other campuses
  • Something to add to your portfolio/CV
  • Showcase your work (winning games will be used by learners at www.LanguagesPathways.ie and will be available on itch.io)




The brief

As a team you will create an educational game for language learning. It can cover a specific topic or a general area of language learning such as vocabulary, grammar, speaking or listening. 

ANY format of game will be accepted – paper, PPT, Twine etc. – but it must meet the minimum specifications of a game. This means it must:

  • Have rules
  • Be interactive
  • Have a quantifiable outcome (win/lose etc)
  • Be fun!

There will be a short tutorial on game design provided for all participant teams.



Game design tutorial

Teams

Registration will be open to TUDublin students from the following programmes: Business, Creative Digital Media and Game Design. Teams will be formed before the event with at least one person from each of the three disciplines. The minimum size is 3 and the maximum is 4. Registration deadline: Wednesday 23rd February 5pm.

Place

The event will be hosted on MS Teams. After the launch, teams can continue to use Teams or setup their communication server on Discord or Slack/Whatsapp for instance. There will be 2 one hour-long clinics during the weekend.

Rules

  • The jam will operate only within the weekend time period allocated
  • The jam is only open to registered TU Dublin students
  • Any media/game development tool can be used.
  • The game must be uploaded before the submission deadline (Sunday 27th 23:59)




How to register for Game Jam 2022

Simply complete the registration form here: https://forms.office.com/r/7fxtiLwmXr.

It’s free to enter, fun to do, and there are loads of prizes – so get your name in quick!




Tools, tips and resources

Here we’ll share tips, resources and workshops available to you to help you create your game.

GameJam2022_TipsToolsResources

Language resources

Create an educational game for language learning. It can cover a specific topic or a general area of language learning such as vocabulary, grammar, speaking or listening. There is a pre-existing online resource that teams can use for reference content http://frenchgrammartour.com/

Or www.languagespathways (let’s play). You can also check our Game Jam finalists at https://tudublin-gamejam.itch.io/ and play the two mini-games developed following Game jam 2021! Here: https://didiersadventures.itch.io/didiers-adventures




What happened at Game Jam 2021?

Want to know what to expect? Take a look at what happened in last year’s game jam!

Games produced during the three days of Game Jam 2021:
https://tudublin-gamejam.itch.io/

Play the two mini-games developed:
https://didiersadventures.itch.io/didiers-adventures

Watch a demonstration of the process of developing the winning game over the three days of Game Jam 2021:

Click the image to view a showreel of game development process by the winning team
(Evan Williams, Tochi Ugochukwu, Evan Harris, John Gillman)

The final game is hosted here: https://evskii.itch.io/french-learning-game.