Global Game Jam returns to Huntsville, Jan. 20-22

Charger Studios, a student-run organization at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), and local community group After Hours Game Dev are proud to co-host this year’s Global Game Jam®, a 48-hour gaming session that takes place simultaneously in hundreds of locations worldwide. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, and will be held on the 8th floor of the building (200 West Side Square).

As in years past, the two-day jam will open with a short keynote video offering advice from leading game developers before the secret theme is announced. All sites are then challenged to make games, either digital or non-digital, based on that theme within the time allotted. Since its inception in 2009, more than 6,800 games have been created.

“Game Jams are not really competitions to see who can make the best game; they are a way to take part in the fun and rewarding experience of making games on an insanely compressed time schedule,” says Vinny Argentina, an assistant professor of art, animation, and game design at UAH who serves as the faculty advisor for Charger Studios. “Since they only have two days to create their game, participants typically leave the event thoroughly exhausted – but they also leave having had a great experience with new friends!”

To register for this year’s Global Game Jam, visit and search for the Huntsville site.  

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Vinny Argentina