Fukushima Game Jam Announced

August 26, 2011 -

IGDA Japan is organizing the Fukushima Game Jam, a developer event that it hopes will stimulate game development following the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last year. The Game Jam is organized with the help 9Leap, a student development contest and will take place from August 27 to 28 in Minami-Souma city. The event is modeled after Global Game Jam hosted by the IGDA each year, where development teams take a theme given by organizers to create a game in a limited amount of time.

"Fukushima faces great difficulties in its future. Not only are the scars from the earthquake and tsunami deep and fresh, but the effects of the nuclear disaster will be long felt as well," a statement released by IGDA Japan read. "Game developers will tour the area and build a game together with students from the Tohoku area. They will create a game in only 30 hours, testing their creativity, talent, and abilities."

The event will also be broadcast live via Ustream, with planned contributions from Q-Entertainment's Tetsuya Mizuguchi. The games produced during the competition will be available for download online when the event is over.

You can learn more here, though you'd better be able to read Japanese.

Source: GI.biz


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