CLEVR and the Cleveland Chapter of the VR/AR Association sponsored the Cleveland 2018 Global Game Jam put on by the Cleveland Game Developers at office space generously provided by local Highland Heights, Ohio business incubator LaunchHouse.
What is The Global Game Jam you ask? From the official website:
"The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity."
This year's theme was "Transmission" and that was not revealed to ANY of the developers until Friday late afternoon. We were honored to be invited the following Sunday to the closing presentations of the various board games, virtual reality games and console games that this band of graphic artists, composers, software developers, storytellers and musicians were able to deliver in barely 48 hours.