Links for January 8th, 2014

Holy moley, we’re back! I hope everyone had a good holiday season, whatever variant of it you may (or may not) celebrate. I say this because 2014 is kicking off with a bang and a half.

The meeting time is still 6 pm Wednesday. And yes, unfortunately it still coincides with Gamepub which is also happening tonight. Le sigh. Our location hasn’t changed, it’s still CSC 3-23.

Great Canadian Appathon 4

Holy frijoles! The Appathon is the weekend after this one! Yes, that’s right, the 4th Great Canadian Appathon starts on Friday January 17th and runs till Sunday January 19th.

For those of you not familiar with the Appathon, it’s a 48 hour game competition where teams of 4 students get together and from 5 pm Friday till 5 pm Sunday, and they make a mobile game for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone. Teams have to be organized beforehand and registered on the Appathon website.

Every game has to adhere to some type of theme, which is announced at the start of the competition. So theoretically you can’t just come up with a game concept beforehand because you need it to fit the theme. Theoretically.

At the end of the event, the games are submitted and judged and awards are handed out on various bases. For the past two Appathons, a team of VGAD members has won Best Windows Phone Game. Because there’s a growth market if there ever was one.

Currently they haven’t published the final list of locations for Appathon Hubs. In the past, there has been an Appathon hub at NAIT every time they’ve done this. Last year the University had a hub of its own, which nobody showed up at except us. So assume that there will be at least a hub at NAIT, but we don’t know if the University will have one just yet.

Once again that’s Friday January 17th from 5 pm to Sunday January 19th at 5 pm.

Global Game Jam

If that wasn’t enough, the Global Game Jam happens the weekend after the Appathon. It’s a bit wider in scope (Read: Global) and it encourages a more open approach, where instead of showing up to compete, you come with an open mind and get in on a game pitch that interests you.

The Game Jam is not a competition like the Appathon. There’s no theme to follow, or restriction saying you have to develop for mobile. It’s more like, well, a jam session between musicians. The goal is to work with people you’ve never met on something that interests you, and see what comes of it.

The Global Game Jam runs from Friday January 24th at 5 pm to Sunday January 26th at 5 pm. Currently there is no Edmonton location, but someone with the University might be hosting a location. We’ll know more about that on Friday I think, and I’ll pass that along to you.

And Plenty More

We’ll talk more about these things at the meeting. We’ll also discuss how badly our wallets got molested during the Steam Sale/Humble Winter Sale/whatever other sale, and how little time we have to play all the new crap we bought. It’s been 3 weeks. I’m sure we’ll find something to talk about.

Hope to see everyone there. B-Crest, out. (Boy I hope that doesn’t stick)