Game On! Mozilla and NYU-Poly Hosting Web Game Jam This Weekend
No plugins allowed!
The company behind the browser that, statistically, you are using to browse this website right now and the New York University Polytechnical Institute are hosting a 48-hour Game Jam in the NYU-Poly Game Innovation Lab this weekend, as part of Mozilla’s ongoing Game On! competition. Prospective developers in the New York City area (or those crazy enough to travel in the middle of Winter) will be tasked to make a fully functional prototype in 2 days time based around a singular theme. The partners won’t reveal the theme until tomorrow, but have teased it with the hint “<3”. As Mozilla started this competition to show off the power of the web browser, they have placed only one rule on the competition: the games created must run natively on a modern browser with no plugins. That means no Flash, no Unity, and no Silverlight (not that anyone was considering Silverlight). HTML5, however, is acceptable, as both Firefox and Chrome support these out of the box.
As an extra incentive, all developers will receive free tickets to OnGameStart, regardless of if they win or lose. The winners, however, will have their completed game published by Chilingo, will be featured in the Firefox Marketplace for all to see, and, best of all, get a free trip to the Game Developers Conference.
If you are interested and are going to be in the New York City area, sign-ups will end at 5pm tomorrow, a mere one hour before the doors open. People without a portal to New York City can still submit a completed game for the Game On! competition by February 24th to be eligible for those sweet prizes. Unfortunately, my lack of experience in web game programming will keep me from participating this time around, but I look forward to playing through the resulting games from this competition.