Save the Date: Fall 2011 HTML5 Jam — Nov. 19th and 20th

by Darren Torpey on October 14th, 2011

The location and details are TBD, but it’s official: the Fall 2011 HTML5 Game Jam will be Sat+Sun November 19th and 20th, so save the date!

I’ll be posting some learning materials for those who are new to HTML5 game programming on this blog in the coming weeks. If you’re a games programmer (or web programmer) but don’t know HTML5 stuff yet, fear not. I believe you can easily pick it up in next 4-5 weeks and be ready to jam it up by mid-November.Remember: it’s a game jam — a great place to learn new technology and try new game concepts!

Update — people have asked me this a few times already, so it’s worth a quick note:

Developers of all backgrounds are more than welcome to attend. We often have visual artists of all types: 2D and 3D, hand-drawn and computer-drawn as well as audio engineers/artists, designers, producers, and writers in addition to dedicated programmers. You are also welcome to take on multiple roles. Each team works best when it uses its members greatest talents to the full. It makes the events more interesting and the games even better, more unique creations that reflect those who made them.

Also: if you have a game dev-related interests/talents/background but have little or no experience making games, that’s okay, too. Just come with the spirit of open collaboration, learning, and fun and you’ll be all set!


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Chris October 17, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Hey, so I have always wanted to attend something like this but I know nothing about programming. I do however know a fair amount about music and recording. Is there anything I can do?


Darren Torpey October 17, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Hi Chris,

Absolutely! We typically have several dedicated audio engineers/artists at each game jam. It adds a lot to the games we make to have custom-designed and uniquely inspired music and sound. What’s more, I find it boosts creativity and the overall interestingness of the teams and their games to have people with varying creative backgrounds and different problem-solving approaches.. You can choose to join a team as a dedicated member, to offer services to multiple teams, or a mix of the two (we’re all about sharing our talents and resources with one another).

Let me know if you have any other questions. :)


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