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Registration is now closed - join us at 8pm EST/7pm CST to play the games!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Make Games: 10:00am - 8:00pm EST (9am - 7pm CST)
Play Games: 8:00 - 10:00pm EST (7 - 9pm CST)

Registration is now closed. Please join us at 8pm EST, 7pm CST to play the games, vote for your favorites, and celebrate with the game-makers.

Stevens Institute of Technology
Visual Art & Technology Program
Morton Building, 2nd Floor
Hoboken, New Jersey
Map | Public transportation | Parking in 8th Street lot only!

Bellevue University
Game Studies Program
Hitchcock Humanities Building 202/204
Omaha, Nebraska
Map | Parking

With live streaming video between the two!

Nowhere near our two locations but still want to participate?
We welcome remote game-makers from anywhere (unless you’re just down the street and are too lazy to take off your pajamas and join us)!

What Is Games++?

Games++ is a free 12-hour game development event where participants build games from scratch over 10 hours, then put down their mice and pencils so the public can play their creations. Individuals and teams are welcome - last year we had over 60 participants and hope you will join us!

Designed as a collaborative, communal making experience, games++ incrementally adds to the pool of amazing, experimental, unique, one-off games in the world.

Starting at 9:00am, participants craft video-, board-, and other games from scratch. No prior planning is allowed: all games will be created from start to finish in just 10 hours. At 7:00pm all work stops and the doors open to the public to play the finished projects!

Never made a game? That's ok! Use games++ as a chance to make your first game, but it's important to know that games++ isn't a workshop or class.

Participation in games++ is always free!

Secret Theme

To prevent planning before the event (cheating), all games will be made according to a super-secret theme, revealed at the start of the jam. The secret theme for 2014 is:

OVERLAY

(transparency, heads-up displays, stacking and layering)

Your use of the theme can be as loose and tenuous as you like - think of it as a jumping-off point!

Who Should Participate?

Anyone! We welcome game-makers of all skill levels and ages (younger game makers should collaborate with a parent). Artists, designers, writers, game-enthusiasts, programmers, crafters, hackers, and anyone else interested in making a new board- or video-game should register!

Participants receive free breakfast and pizza dinner, an event badge, a chance at one of our many awards, and the opportunity to make a great new game in one day.

Don't make games? Join us at 8:00pm EST (7:00pm CST) to play the results!

Register

Registration for the 2014 games++ is now closed. Please join us at 8pm EST, 7pm CST to play the games, vote for your favorites, and celebrate with the game-makers.

Didn't get to attend this year - we hope to see you at the next games++.

Previous Jams

Saturday, November 10, 2012
bemisUNDERGROUND  |  Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Secret theme: METAMORPHOSE

Friday, November 4, 2011
Drift Station Gallery  |  Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Secret theme: NONE!

Source Files

Games++ is dedicated to open source. Any files created for badges or other parts of the project can be found here:

2012 Electronic Badge Files [ GitHub ]
2011 Laser-Cut Badge Files [ Zip ]

All files are released under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial, Attribution, Share-Alike license: feel free to use but please let us know what you do!

Questions?

Please contact Alex Myers or Jeff Thompson with any questions or requests, or follow us on Twitter @GamesPlusPlus.

Registration is absolutely free, thanks to generous support from Bellevue University's Game Studies program and the Stevens Institute of Technology Visual Art & Technology program