The Netherlands has seen a very fruitful edition of the Global Game Jam, with 86 new games created by over 500 professional game developers, students, hobbyists and journalists in 5 locations. Among the games are several highly original concepts that need to be seen (or played!) to be believed.
At the location of the International Game Architecture and Design school in the town of Breda the most striking game was RU-PAM, created by freshmen and sophomores. Two players -who can’t see each other- control one sniper, having to shoot down abstract targets in the distance. One player controls the scope while the other one, holding a Playstation Move controller, pulls the trigger whenever there’s a rumble indicating the right target is in sight. A glowing green light on top of the controller means a clear line of fire.
Another striking concept is Heart to Get, concocted at the Utrecht School of the Arts, where the creators use the MaKey MaKey invention set to control a game using a pair of kidneys (non-human, obviously).
More conventional, but no less inspiring results were achieved in Amsterdam with B-Minus 50, a game in which players have exactly 50 heart beats to reach a high enough location. This game was co-developed with people from Silverfit, a company specialised in using game technology for rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Other notable games include Folium, Robocaust Z, Dawn, Celestia and Wob Wob, the latter one made by professional developer Codeglue.
The best results from the Dutch Global Game Jam will be displayed in venue Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, February 19 th. Creators get to auction their concept off to publishers and other business contacts, or pitch their game in order to secure a publishing deal or funding.
About Dutch Game Garden
Dutch Game Garden accelerates the growth of the Dutch games industry by providing wide-ranging support and facilities for students, start-ups and established game companies.
We achieve this through our ongoing projects: the Business Center provides flexible and affordable housing at top notch locations for existing and growing companies; the Game Company Incubator helps young entrepreneurs setting up and developing their own business; our Developers’ Club program stimulates entrepreneurship among students of various game-related study programs. We organize events and masterclasses and co-operate with the government, universities and companies to create the ultimate creative mix.
Dutch Game Garden is supported by the City of Utrecht, the Province of Utrecht and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Commission. The Global Game Jam NL benefited from the generous sponsorship of Microsoft Netherlands and received a subsidy from the Level Up! program to promote game development study programs among students. The schools that participated in the Global Game Jam are the Utrecht School of the Arts, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Saxion Hogeschool, NHL Leeuwarden and NHTV Breda.