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“Game Jam 2010 & Indie Game Development”
with special guest host Epona Schweer
and guests Marc Chee & Glen Forrester
Last month, I had the good fortune to watch the incredible unveiling of the results of the Sydney Game Jam 2010 competition at the Powerhouse Museum in Darling Harbour. In a packed room near the bottom floor of the Museum some 50 sleep-deprived developers showed what they’d been working on for 48 hours straight – and blew the audience away.
Inspired, we decided to bring on two of the GameJammers to discuss the competition, and indie game development in general.
With us for this episode is Marc Chee, who worked on the team that built the fascinating game Spy Wear (a game complete with multiplayer code) and Glen Forrester, the one-man team who built Gnilley, the game that almost literally made Stephanie “Hex” Bendixson fall off her chair with laughter.
Also with us to poke our two guests with different questions is Epona Schweer, a teacher at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment‘s Sydney campus.
Topics brought up include:
- GameJam itself.
- Designing and programming games.
- The game development industry in Australia.
- RAD & Agile (yes, those are real terms) software development as they relate to games.
Note: We had a few internet-related technical issues while recording this podcast, and as such there are a few glitches that had to be edited out. They should not cause any listening issues, but if something if a conversation point sounds slightly strange – we were cutting around internet dropouts.
Links to things discussed or relating to this show:
- Global Game Jam – our night’s subject
- The Powerhouse Museum – venue for the Sydney Global Game Jam
- Klik & Play – antique game creation tool
- Construct – free game creation tool
- Unity 3D – 3D Game creation tool / engine
- The Holy Robot Empire – Marc Chee’s game development company
- Klik Scene – Glen Forrester’s web site
- Gnilley – Glen’s GameJam entry
PS. We here at Restore, Restart, Quit would like to give our thanks to Dan Graf, Malcolm Ryan and everybody else involved with Sydney’s Game Jam 2010 – great work, guys!