Students get their game on for Global Game Jam Jan. 20-22 weekend


Niagara College students, staff and alumni volunteers will log major creative time this weekend when they participate in the annual Global Game Jam (GGJ) at NC’s campus in Welland.

For 48 consecutive hours, gamer participants – students in NC’s Game Development Program and volunteers – will work in teams to design a new video or board game to help inject new ideas into the gaming industry.

The GGJ operates in over 90 countries in local sites where participants form teams to design a new game – the specific theme of which is announced at the start of the jam.

“Global Game Jam encourages innovation, creativity and collaboration,” said Game Development program professor Rick Goertz. “Every participant comes away a ‘winner’ acquiring new knowledge and expertise.”

This is the second year NC has hosted this event and about 40 students are expected to participate. They will be led by NC alumni volunteers. NC has excellent computer labs that will assist participants in putting their skills to this friendly global jam.

NC’s GGJ gets underway on Friday, January 20 at 7 p.m., at the Welland Campus, Labs S304, S306 and S308, and runs until 5 p.m. on Sunday, the 22nd.
Niagara College offers more than 120 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs, as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses.

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