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Hatchlings Game Jam 2019

Hatchlings second annual Game Jam took place this past weekend and was a huge hit.

Over 30 attendees gathered at Gravitate Coworking downtown Friday night excited to participate in the weekend-long event.

Sunday morning, teams frantically wrapped up and finalized their games. Presentations began Sunday at 10:00. Participants had the chance to show off their creations and play each other’s games.

The game that won “Best in Show” was a multiplayer co-op game built using the new Oculus Quest VR headset. The team consisted of Josh Larson, Anthony Ruffalo, Mike Grace, Ben Weno, Paul Isaac and Fisher Heins.

“This was about my 16th game jam, and I thought it was an inspiring and energizing experience. I’ve concluded it is tied for my favorite game jam!” said Larson. “I’ve been organizing and participating in game jams for 12 years now, and the Hatchlings Jam is one of the best organized game jams I’ve ever participated in.”

Tonight, Game Jam attendees will be sharing their experiences and created games at the June IGDA meeting. After the presentations, tables will be available where the games can be played. The event will begin at 5:30 at the Forge. Registration is free.

Check out some of the photos from the event below:

1 Comment

  • Craig
    Posted June 19, 2019 at 1:31 am

    This sounds great! I don’t suppose you have any more details on this multiplayer quest game? I’ve got a friend who also has a quest, and we’d love to play or at least follow dev on that (we are both programmers).

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