Global Game Jam comes to Grimsby

Global Game Jam comes to Grimsby
Global Game Jam comes to Grimsby

Global Game Jam, the international record-breaking video game creation competition, landed at the University Centre Grimsby (UCG) on Friday 23rd January.

Teams at a number of venues across the globe were tasked with creating their own video game in 48 hours with the gamers at UCG being tested to the limit and using all of their skills and knowledge to produce a game based on a secret theme.

The secret theme of ‘What do we do now?’ was unveiled at the start of the event and saw 16 teams from across Lincolnshire and East Riding competing throughout the weekend to create the best game.

Judges for the event included; BAFTA Panel Member and Founder of Sensible Games – Jon Hare, PS4 Developer and MD of Atomicon – Mike Clarke, Classic Game Musician – Allistair Brimble, Veteran Game Programmer – Jim Bagley and Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire-Alex Baxter.

Graham Raddings, University Centre Grimsby’s Curriculum Leader for Higher Education Media, explained:

The Global Game Jam is a chance for Creatives, Game Designers, Developers and like-minded individuals to get together and create games. It’s a wonderful collaborative experience and an exciting event.

This is a great opportunity to demonstrate why the Grimsby, Hull and the Humber regions are digitally diverse and strong with games design and development and sees the unification of many of the colleges and universities from our region. There has been interest from Sony, Microsoft and other games industry heavy weights.

After 48 grueling hours the winners were announced as Blimbu Games who created multi player game ‘Caved in’. The six learners from the University Centre Grimsby were delighted to learn of their win at the awards ceremony. Blimbu team member Jake Willey said:

 We developed a four-player platform game where players fell in to a cave and have to complete a number of levels to complete the game.

Events like Game Jam are so important, it’s the bridge between education and industry. It gives us the chance to meet leading figures from industry.

Local winners in the Game Jam were:

Best game: Caved In from Blimbu Games (Jake Willey, Daniel Willey, Dayne Oram, Josh Orr, Bobby Guest and Alex Johnson).

Best game, runner-up: Bored to Death by Microwave Games (Lewis Goddard, Billy Blythin and Adam Carmichael).

Best graphics: Painted Wings by Adam Connor Lutton, Eduards Brown, Daniel Clark, Jamie Yull, Matthew Woodward, Emma Rettie, Dani Thonen and Ronja Kagg La Croix.

Best sound: Lights Out by Typhoon Interactive (Joey Ireland, James Williams, James Lester, Kris Stothard, Steven Pegg and Mike Knight.)