Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Welcome to the Global Game Jam Bangalore 2018

Hope you are all excited for this year’s Global Game Jam :) we sure are! We hope you are well rested, all your gamedev tools sharpened and ready to jam! This is a bit of a long post, please do read it till the end!

First and foremost, If you have changed your mind or is unsure/unable to attend this jam, please remove yourself from the jam site - http://bit.ly/ggjblr18. This is very very important as it will help us get a clearer picture of how many participants we have as well as help us get the right amount of sleeping bags and food at the venue.

With that out of the way, here is a small note on what to expect at the jam this weekend and how to get ready for it.

This is the first time we are jamming at Srishti and it is the first time that Srishti is hosting a long 48 hour jam - things that can go wrong, most probably will! Please come prepared.

Getting here

Yes, we’ve heard enough and more jokes about how far Yelahanka is, but heck we’ve been travelling to HSR for the past five years too! Also, if it makes you feel any better, you will only be doing that once. As with getting anywhere in Bangalore, you can take buses (most likely a 402) that can take you to Yelahanka or use other means of transportation to get to the Srishti N3 Campus, here is the exact location on Google Maps - https://goo.gl/maps/yp4vA8LG3f72. There is a bus stop right in front of the venue and the closest bus stand which is the Yelahanka 5th Phase Bus Stop is about 500 meters away.


We start at 03:00 PM with our registrations; please try to make it to the venue at least 30 minutes prior and plan your travel ahead considering how Bangalore traffic always throws a wrench into everyone’s plans; also, it is a Friday!

Please bring a valid government (or college) id card (Driver's License, Aadhar card etc) when you are coming as you will be required by security to validate your registration for entry into the event venue. Without a valid id card, you will be refused entry to the venue.

After registrations, we move on to talks and by 05:00 PM we will announce the theme via the keynote and commence the jam. Please have a look at the schedule for better idea of the Jam is structured. You can find the schedule here - http://bit.ly/ggjblr18schedule.

Srishti has organized dinner, breakfast and lunch on all days so that you need not leave the venue and can focus all your energies on making your game!

The Jam


Apart from the main theme which is mandatory, you have a large bunch of awesome but optional constraints that you can abide by; here is the full list of diversifiers for you to choose from - https://globalgamejam.org/news/ggj18-diversifiers

Apart from your laptops and other peripherals that you will be using, please carry an extra power strip with you for emergencies. Do carry extra clothes, deodorants, toothbrush and toothpaste, some towels and blankets just in case. If you take any kind of medication, do remember to carry them along with you. Also remember to get bottles so you can refill them and keep yourself hydrated. The nights are long, so be sure to pick up some snacks you can chow down later.

We take the safety of our jammers very seriously. Please read our Safe Spaces Policy here - https://gamedev.in/safe-spaces-policy/.

If we missed anything here, please be sure to keep an eye on the #ggj slack channel on gamedev.in. Please join in for the latest news and updates regarding GGJ from all across India and more (join the #ggj channel) - http://chat.gamedev.in

If you have any questions please do check out our faq here - http://bit.ly/ggjblr18faq or feel free to contact us.

We hope to see you there and happy jamming :)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Global Game Jam 2018 is here!

IGDA Bangalore proudly welcomes you to Global Game Jam Bangalore 2018. We're super excited to announce that registrations to this year's jam site in Bangalore hosted by Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology are now open.

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is an annual distributed computer game developer’s jam. The GGJ provides a platform for aspiring and professional game developers across the world to come together and build games over the course of a weekend (48 hours). This year, India (Bangalore) will be hosting GGJ on the weekend of Jan 26-28th, 2017.

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology is a non-residential institution founded in 1996 by the Ujwal Trust with the objective of providing art and design education in an environment of creativity to maximize the individual’s potential.The Ujwal Trust also manages Srishti's sister institution, the prestigious Mallya Aditi International School. Srishti's mission is facilitated by its organizational structure – a “community of learners” comprising industry-experienced faculty and energetic students who continually explore and experiment with art and design pedagogies, aesthetics, values and innovative practices.

You can sign up for GGJBlr 18 here: http://bit.ly/ggjblr18

For a full schedule, please visit: http://bit.ly/ggjblr18schedule

If you have any questions regarding the event, please refer the FAQ - http://bit.ly/ggjblr18faq

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Demo Day #5

Demo Day #5

IGDA Bangalore is hosting its 5th Demo Day on the 28th of October. If you are an indie, student or a hobbyist game designer, developer or artist we want you there!!

Date and Time: 28.10.2017 - 03:00PM
Venue: Holy Cow Productions (map below)
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/132175157531277

Who is the Demo Day for and why should you be attending?
  • You've been working on a game, and are just itching to show it to some people. 
  • You're an artist/designer, and you have this really interesting project you're working on or have completed, which is somewhat related to games (maybe a third cousin?) 
  • You want to help developers by doing your bit - See their games/projects, give them feedback and cheer them on! 
  • You want to see what other local developers are doing - so that you could pepper them with questions on their games, and ask them for advice about your own.
  • Get to meet a lot of indies, students and hobbyists; and maybe even collaborate!!
  • Play prototypes and games in production and have bragging rights when the games go platinum ;)
  • and last but not least, it is a lot of fun!! 
To get a glimpse of what happens during a demo day, do take a look at what went down in our last event.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Industry Speaks #2 - Game Design and Development Postmortems

Our Industry Speaks series continues with a set of postmortems in September.

Postmortem normally means “after death” (when forensic doctors examine the death cause etc. of a dead body). However when the word is used in the gaming world it means that developers analyze their finished game and reflect on everything they did during its creation. Basically they talk about what went right and what went wrong in their pre-production, production and post-production cycles.

In this meetup we have four Indian game development studios who are making games for a local audience as well as a global user base talking about the game design and development experiences through.

We cordially invite you to indulge in this rich transmission of information and also to engage with these developers to learn from their experience building and releasing their games.

  • 10:00 - 10:30 - Introductions, Networking, Chai, Coffee, Settle in!! 
  • 10:30 - 11:00 - All in a Day's Play 
  • 11:00 -11: 30 - Holy Cow Productions 
  • 11:30 - 12:00 - Xigma Games 
  • 12:00 - 12:30 - Mech Mocha
Date & Time : 2nd September at 10:00 - 13:00
Venue: Mech Mocha Game Studios

RSVP on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/events/135628816954714
RSVP on Meetup - https://www.meetup.com/Bangalore-Game-Developers/events/242583230/

For those of you who have issues finding the place, please call Rishi @ 9740980880 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Let's talk games

When we were running the Global Game Jam in January this year we wanted a quick and easy way to chat, discuss and get help from fellow jammers from Bangalore and others across various jam sites in India. Our idea was to setup a Slack and quickly get the ball moving. This turned out to be a great success during the jam as there was a lot of back and forth and sharing of screenshots etc. on all the channels.

As part of the continuing efforts to bring the game development community closer, we decided that such an open space could still be useful beyond the GGJ and can help the community grow. Our pubic slack channel is open to all and is now a 100+ strong. Follow the link below to ...

Monday, March 27, 2017

IGDA Bangalore presents, The Industry Speaks

"I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am." - Albert Einstein

Great designers and artists seem to have an extrasensory knack when it comes to getting things just right by going with their gut. As with everything great about the gut, we believe that this is also a cultivated taste.

What better way to validate and back your intuitions than with actual data!