James Wernicke guides young coders at Los Alamos Makers, at 3540 Orange St., Suite LV1. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Makers News:
Almost a year ago, Los Alamos Makers hosted the first Global Kids Game Jam teams in Los Alamos.
During that Global Game Jam, kids from all over the world came together with their local clubs to create, experiment, socialize and create video games, not just play them. One of the Los Alamos teams was selected for the world finale and invited to Turin, Italy.
This year, Los Alamos Makers is hosting a local game jam for kids 7 to 12, with a holiday spirit. The game jam is Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2 at Los Alamos Makers at 3540 Orange St., Suite LV1.
What is a game jam?
A game jam is a hackathon for video games. It is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours. Participants are generally made up of programmers, game designers, artists, writers and others in game development-related fields.
Participating is simple: kids form a team of 1 to 4 individuals, register their team, design the game (goal, story, programming language, multi-player, etc), write the code, test the game and finally name and submit it.
There will be prizes for categories including:
- Best Music;
- Best Art;
- Best Storyline;
- Best Multiplayer;
- Most Fun To Play;
- Most Educational; and
- Best Overall.
A group of at least three judges will play each game and pick their favorite three games for each category.
Snacks and drinks will be available on site.
People of all ages and levels are invited to help mentor or just help play and judge submitted games. For more information, visit the event page.