As usual at Nordic Game Jam we are kicking off with an awesome keynote!
And this year we have four of the hottest indies around: Jonatan Söderström and Dennis Wedin from Dennaton, makers of the über-popular game Hotline Miami which has been an instant hit worldwide, and Rami Ismail and Jan Willem Nijman from Vlambeer, best known for the insanely manic Super Crate Box.
The teams have been previous Nordic Game Jam participants as well!
With their aptly titled keynote “How to be a hot indie and make cool shit!“, expect a fun, inspiring keynote to get you pumped up for making a great game during the game jam. And hey, they will be sticking around for the entire event! They are all really cool people to hang out with.
Don’t forget that the keynote will start at 18:30 on Friday 18th of January.
With only just a few days more to go, Nordic Game Jam is shaping up to be the best one ever!
Want to start the Nordic Game Jam with a bang? Then the pre-jam party hosted by the Copenhagen Game Collective is your answer!
As it has already become a tradition, participants are invited to come to the party that takes place at the same venue as the game jam (that’s Aalborg University Copenhagen, don’t forget!) and you’re welcome to bring a friend with you.
This year the Copenhagen Game Collective has packed more activities than ever into the program. There will be lots of music, social and physical games, so put your social gloves on and get down to Sydhavn to have some fun and meet some people before the big event!
ARCADE CORNER: with Crime City Arcade, BUTTFIGHTER and ERVAX.
GAMES: Giant – Who took the apple? Magnetize Me Meta Murder Game – plus more!
You can also join the Facebook event for the party. We’ll be waiting for you!
As the 18th of January approaches we keep getting getting everything ready for the epic weekend. And that includes the series of talks that will spearhead the game jam plus this year’s opening keynote!
Want to check what is in store for you?
You don’t have to wait until Friday to join us! The Copenhagen Game Collective will be hosting an awesome pre-jam party in the same venue where the jam will be taking place. So hop aboard Thursday night and start meeting fellow jammers, enjoy the music and have a few beers. Check the Facebook event for more information! There will also be a screening of the 48 Hour Games documentary by Suvi Andrea Helminen.
18:00 – 19:00: Screening of the Nordic Game Jam documentary 48 Hour Games
19:00 – 24:00: Nordic Game Jam Pre-party hosted by Copenhagen Game Collective
Many times during a game jam there’s just so many things you want to do that groups tend to start thinking big and eventually drop things as time runs out.
But a logo doesn’t have to be one of those!
Since a logo will probably be the first thing people see about your game and it will be representing it everywhere you will want to have something cool to show around, especially if you plan on moving your game upwards after Nordic Game Jam.
So once again the Logo Shop is back!
Alexandra Mariner and Thomas Ryder have once again descended from Planet Logo to bless your games with vector art wellness and typeface trickery.
The Logo Shop is open during the Nordic Game Jam event and is 100% free to use. They make awesome game logos for those who don’t have the time, skill or desire to do so themselves. Once you know the title and the mood of your game jam game, all you have to do is ask them to make it! Want your game name bent in flaming chrome? Want super-minimalism or Celtic runes? Ask the Logo Shop!
When Nintendo first revealed details about its new Wii U console, many developers thought of cool game ideas that could work with the new gamepad with a touch-screen. Others shrugged it off as a gimmick. And then there was Danish indie dev KnapNok Games who, as they usually do, came up with something absolutely crazy, ridiculous and definitely noteworthy in collaboration with Swedish indie RedGrim.
That is Spin the Bottle, the game they bill as “an innocent game for innocent kids”.
With super-cute graphics that remind people of many different things, Spin the Bottle is a game that pulls you out of the TV and instead looking at your friends as they perform awkward tasks in pairs that require trust, flexibility and body contact among others with the use of the Wii controllers.
And we’re happy to announce that Lau Korsgaard from KnapNok Games (that happy-looking guy on the right of the above picture) will be giving a talk very originally called “Spin the Bottle: Innocent game for innocent kids” on the opening day of Nordic Game Jam 2013 (remember, that’s the 18th!).
So you will have the chance to see how “innocent” this game really is right before the jamming starts!
Some people are scared of joining a game jam for the first time, especially one as big as Nordic Game Jam, and we understand it. It’s specially daunting if you have recently started playing around with game development, and you might trick yourself into thinking that “you are not good enough” for a game jam or that “I wouldn’t be good for anything” (which, by the way, is definitely not true – everyone can do something, or even join the board games track if you want to stay away from computers!)
Others simply don’t really know what to expect of Nordic Game Jam and are unsure of what they are applying for.
Well, fear not! There’s a perfect way to see what NGJ is all about (besides joining us in a few weeks time, of course). And that’s the awesome 48 Hour Games documentary.
If you still haven’t seen it, we seriously recommend you stop by their website and watch it for free. It’s an interactive documentary too and has secrets everywhere! So don’t just sit back and relax. Instead choose the paths you want to take, explore and learn some of the fun facts that have been spread all over the documentary.
Nordic Game Jam was born out of a passion for making games.
But games doesn’t necessarily have to mean only digital. In fact at last year’s Nordic Game Jam the board games track was quite a success!
So once more we are proud to announce that participants at Nordic Game Jam will be able to choose to leave computers away and get physical with board games. That includes of course any sort of card or other types of games you may think of. Paper, cards, pencils, scissors, beads and any other material you can find will be your tools if you choose to take this path.
We will also count with CEO Knut Strømfors from Norwegian board game publisher Vennerød Forlag as part of the panel of judges. Put your best efforts, because there is a chance to get a prototype of your game out there along with the main prize.
The board games track will also have exclusive talks! “Rising Star Inventor” award winner Martin Neergaard Andersen will be present. He has licensed well over 25 games and sold more than 40 game ideas in 2012 alone. And expect more surprises for this year’s Nordic Game Jam.
Still not convinced about the board games track? Then trust Simon Cutajar from last year’s winning team Sugarush with the game Mussades: ”It’s nice to be able to get away from the stress of programming, and to be able to play with cardboard for a weekend instead.“
Three of the members of Team Sugarush
If you’ve already signed up for Nordic Game Jam then all you have to do is state which track you want to join when you arrive at the venue.
And if you still haven’t got your ticket then this is your chance to do something different. What are you waiting for?