Wellington, New Zealand, is best known throughout the world for its movie magic - no doubt all eyes will be on the southern hemisphere when the first Hobbit film opens here later in the year. However, it also has a thriving game development community, with an enviable list of games produced here, including the following great ways to spend your pocket money:
|The joyously presented Wooords...|
|Major Mayhem - the best value for money game in the world...|
|The genre redefining Monster Flip...|
And that doesn’t include the stupendous little games that come out of Victoria University every year.
But for a long time this little capital had no game jam, nowhere for game makers to come together for a weekend to see what they could create over just a couple of days. That all changed last year when Pixel Jam appeared on the long dark lonely nights of winter to warm the cockles of those with a yearning to make games in but 48 hours.
And it’s back again this year! On September 7th, 8th and 9th Pixel Jam will open its doors to those that desire less sleep and more coffee in their weekend, plus interaction! If you're in Wellington you should grab the nearest programmer and enter now.
I can’t attest for the quality of the games, we’ll just have to wait and see, but I can tell you that the judging will be at least 1/3 extremely fair and thoughtful, as I’m one of the three judges.