•• What's a game jam? ••
A game jam is a gathering of developers, artists, and other creatives over a short time during which a collective effort is made to make one or more games.
At the BLACKOUT Game Jam, we're making games that require 1) no electricity, 2) just your body, 3) and some brand new friends.
And at the same time, we're coming together to raise important funds and donation items to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
•• Should I attend? ••
This event is for EVERYBODY, even if you've never designed a game before!
And whether you're a veteran game designer or someone totally new to game design, this event will challenge you in new ways, allowing you to make new friends, and leave with some brand new games you can play anytime, anywhere.
You'll will walk away with a once-in-a-lifetime experience, original games you can play with new friends, and the knowledge that your partcipation in the event will make a difference in the lives of those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
•• I'm interested! Tell me more... ••
The first ever BLACKOUT Game Jam is being organized by Jeff Ramos, along time gamer, writer, and firm believer in the power of games to connect people and create an impact.
After hearing one of his gaming idols, Keita Takahashi, speak about the luxury of video games (full talk here) and coupling that with the lack of effort made on his part to help in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, he knew he had to partner these ideas together.
The BLACKOUT Game Jam is an effort to create games that are devoid of the luxury of electricity and only require getting together with new friends to enjoy and share experiences together. Whether that means during the aftermath of a natural disaster or on a long road trip when your car breaks down - these new games will aim to replace old standbys like Rock-Paper-Scissor, thumb wrestling, and more.
The BLACKOUT Game Jam brings together the idea of unity, collaboration, silliness, and genuine love for play together to establish an event that leaves attendees with something new to bring back to their loved ones while providing much needed aid for those still surviving Hurricane Sandy