Annual Game Development Weekend Held at BCTC Newtown; Game Design Class Offerings Begin this Fall

The Global Game Jam in Lexington had a record number of participants this year. Over 48 hours, twenty-four developers came together to produce seven incredibly unique games with the theme What Do We Do Now?

The Global Game Jam is an event where game developers come together to develop games around a theme that isn't announced until the event starts. Once the theme is revealed, participants discuss ideas over pizza then form their own workgroups to develop the best proposals. Using software such as Unity, Blender, Audacity, and GIMP, work continues for the next two days before being presented to the entire group.Photo of presenter at annual game development weekend

RunJumpDev, a nonprofit created to grow and cultivate the local game development community in Lexington, hosts the yearly January event in an effort to promote and strengthen the game and technology industry in Lexington. The event is put on in cooperation with the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership and Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

This was BCTC's second time hosting the event at their Newtown Pike campus, and has been a consistent supporter of RunJumpDev, and of technology innovation in the Central Kentucky area. BCTC faculty members Melanie Williamson and James Kolasa spoke at the event, and three former BCTC Computer amp; Information Technology students were participants.

BCTC will begin offering courses in game design this fall. The Game Design Track is a joint curriculum developed by the Computer amp; Information Systems and the Information Management and Design program, and includes courses in Unity, video game theory, graphics and animation, and game development.

RunJumpDevs event was one of the sites of the larger Global Game Jam community, which had a record breaking year with 28,837 registered participants across 518 jam sites in 78 countries.

This year Kentucky had three jam sites, Lexington, Louisville and Richmond, showing a marked growth in the development of Kentucky games. There were 50 sites across the United States.

The games created during the event can be found at GlobalGameJam.org. Photos from the event are on BCTC's Flickr page.