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The Game Jam as a Format for Formal Applied Game Design and Development Education

  • Micah HrehovcsikEmail author
  • Harald Warmelink
  • Marilla Valente
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10056)

Abstract

This paper introduces the design and results of an applied game jam integrated in a game design and development curriculum, which took place February 2016 at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht in the Netherlands. The game jam followed a four-phased structure over the course of four days. Forty-five participants shared their demographics, baseline competency, attitude towards game jams, and learning expectations in a pre-jam questionnaire. In a post-jam questionnaire they assessed their collaboration and learning outcomes. Results are generally positive, although some measures of collaboration constructs were unreliable. Nevertheless, a game jam is in principal a format worthy of introduction into formal game design and development education. Several implications and next steps are discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Micah Hrehovcsik
    • 1
    Email author
  • Harald Warmelink
    • 1
  • Marilla Valente
    • 2
  1. 1.HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, HKU Games and InteractionUtrechtNetherlands
  2. 2.Dutch Game GardenUtrechtNetherlands

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