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Game jams as an opportunity for industry development


de Salas, K and Lewis, I and Bindoff, I, Game jams as an opportunity for industry development, Proceedings of the 1st International Joint Conference of DiGRA and FDG (DiGRA/FDG '16), 01-06 August 2016, Dundee, Scotland, pp. 1-14. ISSN 2342-9666 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Game jams are social events involving the integration of enthusiasts from various game making disciplines (e.g. programming, art, design) to make games under constraints, such as a short fixed time (Goddard et al 2014) and a common theme (Fowler et al 2013).

Research on game jams has suggested that they have the potential to provide an effective and focused experience and that participants gain valuable skills in prototyping and collaboration (Fowler et al 2013), exploring technology limits, experimenting with interfaces, and exploring themes (Goddard et al 2014).

This paper investigates whether game jams have an effect on the sense of community among developers in a weak and unsupported development ecosystem. Results from two local game jams suggest that they can in fact provide an opportunity for increasing awareness, familiarity, and participation amongst community members, and open up opportunities for identifying potential work partners all essential elements in the move towards the development of a local games development industry.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:game jam, industry development, game development
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information systems
Research Field:Information security management
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:de Salas, K (Associate Professor Kristy de Salas)
UTAS Author:Lewis, I (Dr Ian Lewis)
UTAS Author:Bindoff, I (Dr Ivan Bindoff)
ID Code:110747
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2016-08-11
Last Modified:2018-03-15
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