Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Computer Science Department and Game Creation Club recently transformed the West Building into a game development studio at the College’s Branchburg Campus. The fifth annual Global Game Jam, held January 25-27, challenged game creators to build games inspired by the rhythmic beating of a heart. The theme was released to the participants on Friday evening, and all of the newly created games had to be completed and uploaded by Sunday at 5 p.m.
The “Jammers”—which included RVCC students/alumni; professional game developers; and colleagues and students from Bloomfield College, Mercer County College and Rutgers University—were part of a global effort that involved more than 11,500 participants at 319 locations spanning 63 countries. Teams worked for 70 hours (48 hours per local time zone) and produced 3,128 new games.
The programmers, artists, audio specialists, producers and game designers worked on their designs and recorded their efforts on blogs and social media sites with text, image and video to share with the other participants around the world.
By the Jam’s conclusion, 18 new games had been created at RVCC. For additional information and to view the new games, visit http://globalgamejam.org/
RVCC’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 40 years, the College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. RVCC @ Bridgewater, located at 14 Vogt Drive, offers technical, trade, credit and non-credit courses.
The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.