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Event Alert: Manchester Game Jam, MadLab, December 10th-11th

Gareth Halfacree

MadLab's Manchester Game Jam

Our friends at MadLab have announced the final Manchester Game Jam of the year, running from Saturday December 10th to Sunday December 11th and offering a two-day scramble to produce a game for presentation on the evening of the Sunday for individuals or teams willing to roll up their sleeves and get busy.

A regular event, Manchester Game Jam is timed to coincide with a worldwide movement dubbed Ludum Dare in which programmers and other makers compete to build a functional game in just two days. Those participating in the official Ludum Dare competition are invited to MadLab to work on their project their, but the Manchester Game Jam is also its own thing and open to absolutely anyone interested in rapid-fire game development.

For makers with a penchant for physical creations, the MadLab event is definitely worth a visit: although most attendees typically concentrate on computer games, previous events have seen the creation of card games, board games, and even giant electronic creations powered by Arduino microcontrollers and played by leaping up and down on a series of oversized floor-mounted buttons. The organisers are also welcoming of teams looking to collaborate, and younger makers too - though MadLab's Sophie Ashcroft jokes that "unattended children will be taught FORTRAN and released into the wild."

More information on the event can be found on the MadLab website, while tickets are available via Eventbrite priced at £6

Manchester Game Jam is coming back to MadLab for the final Jam of year! This Jam is a great chance for games designers, artists, audio designers, and indie game fanboys and girls to get together and make a game from scratch in just one weekend. Part of the Ludum Dare online community, games devs and enthusiasts alike come together online or off four times a year, to work on something special.

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