Global Game Jam!

by mc

Went to my first full game jam, the Global Game Jam, where you end up in a room full of nerds and make a game based on a prompt in 48 hours in whatever teams you want.  I went solo and the prompt was heartbeats and I made this:

Super excited!  I think I learned a couple ways to fix some bugs in my other games so I can fix and post them up here soon and get back to maintaining this blog because I’ve learned so much in such little time.

On Gaming Community

The Global Game Jam in Portland was hosted by PigSquad, which is the local group of game making folks.  It’s provided an amazing resource of friendly people who love playing and making games, and it’s the kind of community I was looking for in New York and had trouble finding.  I found it by googling Portland indie game collective.  Community is a tricky thing.  As a queer, I’m soooo used to the ‘queer community’ and not recognizing other forms of communities that I’m a part of.  I’m still very new to the indie game scene, but the community has made it so much more comfortable for me to ask questions and participate in intimidating things like game jams.  Everyone is at different levels with different skills and perspectives, there are some women (outnumbered, but still there!) but everyone I’ve met is approachable and friendly.  What has helped me the most in learning about game design is meeting people and talking to them, asking questions and seeing what they do and how they got there.  No two stories are alike.

There’s another resource that’s in ‘beta’ right now called Codescouts.  They are super sweet and women-dominated, but less focused on games and much more concentrated on women learning technical skills, it’s also very Python-heavy because many of them came from Portland Python groups (don’t know the name, but I hear about python groups pretty often in Portland).  They also provide mentors, food at meetings, Treehouse subscriptions (which I still have to check out, it’s like Lynda), childcare, and some other stuff.  The draw back is that there are membership fees (anytime I have to spend money I count it against my diy score, but it won’t keep me from investigating a potential tool).