Want to see what you can do in 48 hours? Game portfolio feeling a little thin? Have a feeling you’ll need a break by the time you’re two days into the Spring semester? Well, the Global Game Jam is entering its 3rd year, and for the 3rd year, UMBC will be the Baltimore host site January 28th-30th.

This is a 48 hour event, where teams from around the globe work to each develop a complete game over one weekend. The first year had 54 sites in 23 countries. Last year, there were 124 sites in 34 countries. The Baltimore site is open to participants at all skill levels, and it is not necessary to be a UMBC student to register. Just go to <http://globalgamejam.org/sites/2011/umbc> and register. Participation will be limited to the first 40 registrants.

The jam will start at 5PM on Friday, January 28th in the UMBC GAIM lab, room 005a in the ITE building. At that time, the theme for this year’s games will be announced, and we’ll brainstorm game ideas and form into teams. There is no need to come as a team: each individual has an equal chance to pitch their game ideas, and you can join the team whose game you like best. Teams will have until 3pm on Sunday, January 30th to develop their games. We’ll have demos of each game and selection of local awards, wrapping up by 5pm Sunday. Thanks to generous support by Next Century, there is no registration fee for the this site, but you must register for the UMBC site in advance at www.globalgamejam.org.

Hope to see many of you there!