While prepping for the Global Game Jam, at some point every jammer faces the same question: what am I going to use to make my game? Well, look no further! dot big bang is a fully-featured online gamedev platform that runs entirely in a browser, on any device. It’s perfect for rapid iteration, working together in teams, and quick game-sharing.
Here are ten reasons to try dot big bang at this year’s jam.
The Global Game Jam is a great opportunity to get your creativity flowing, learn some new gamedev skills, and have fun rapidly prototyping a new game. But first things first – to take part, you need to sign up. This blog will tell you how to enter the jam, how to register with a jam site, and where to find FAQs and resources to get ready ahead of time.
Bradley Adams (Senior Software Engineer) and Heather Harvey (Community Designer) are two game jam veterans who entered the Global Game Jam using dot big bang and 2022, and ended up working here!
Based in Vancouver, Canada, they joined dot big bang in June of 2021 under their game dev pseudonyms booradley and punkerella. We caught up with them ahead of this year’s Global Game Jam to ask for some game jam tips.
Hey hey. The Global Game Jam is bearing down fast! How are you both feeling about what’s coming up? We really enjoy game jams, so we’re super excited to jump in and get started. We have done GGJ every year since 2013 and it’s always great. Shout-out to the Vancouver organizers for doing an amazing job every year!
Global Game Jam is back for 2023, and we’re happy to announce that dot big bang will once again be the event’s headline sponsor!
The Global Game Jam is the world’s biggest game creation event. Last year, 33,000 jammers made 5,858 games in over 100 countries, taking part either virtually, or at in-person sites located all around the world. The 2023 jam is happening between Jan 29th-Feb 5th, and registrations for are open now – click here to sign up!
Game jams are a great avenue for established and aspiring game devs to learn, grow, and experiment. They providing the framework and motivation needed for quick iteration, working in teams, and focussed bursts of creativity and productivity. With this in mind, dot big bang Community Engineer Ashley Koett entered the Global Game Jam this year. The resulting game is “ESP”, a ‘single-player co-op’ puzzle-platformer on the jam’s theme of ‘Duality’ (play it here). We caught up with her to find out about how it went, and what unique qualities dot big bang brings to the table as a game jam platform.
Dot big bang’s sponsorship of the Global Game Jam 2022 resulted in some talented creators using dbb for the first time. The jam saw lots of people learning the UI, trying out the scripting system, and building games from scratch in just 48 hours.
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks here at dot big bang. As dbb’s dev team worked away on their core tasks of making games, helping creators, and developing new tools, it turned out that we’d suddenly and spontaneously sponsored the biggest game jam in the world.