Stamford Campus is Site for Successful Game Jam

News Story: February 5, 2016

The Global Game Jam brought together a plethora of talent, creativity and passion at Sacred Heart University’s Stamford Graduate Center at Landmark Square last weekend. Organized by the Business Council of Fairfield County, the Global Game Jam allowed game enthusiasts, developers, writers and artists to join a team of developers from around the globe to create a game based on one central theme. More than 30 people participated in the weekend event.

SHU computer science graduate student, Michael Smith, said his team, called Alchymikal Creations, consisted of about nine people. The team spent one morning brainstorming ideas before developing the game over the course of two days. All teams were required to create a game based on the theme of ritual. Smith said he and his team worked from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

“When the time came on Sunday, we only had until 3 p.m. to finish up our games,” he said. “That was hard because waiting for your other group members to submit their portion of the game while watching the time count down was the most stressful thing ever.”

There was no overall winner, but after presentations were made about the game creations, several awards were given out. Smith’s team won best gameplay, while others took home the prize for best story and best level design.

“I liked that my group worked well,” Smith said. “We all did what we needed and then sent it to everyone. I think my favorite part was the second day because we knew what we needed to do, and we did it.”

Mary Lou DeRosa, vice provost for special academic programs, said attendance surpassed her expectations. She was pleased to see coding experts, musicians, artists and storytellers all join together for this event.

“The magic of this three-day jam was not only in the amazingly creative games that were showcased, but the diversity of talents and experience that came together as jammers,” DeRosa said. “I was in awe of how the teams formed and during the presentations how team members gave credit and shared credit.”

DeRosa said another big takeaway of the event were the partnerships that were made between colleges, local corporations and nonprofits. She said everyone came together to support the Business Council of Fairfield County and to develop conversations around technology and technology-based jobs.

“It was an awesome experience and something I would definitely do again,” Smith said. 

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