Kinetic Imaging to host RVA’s 2018 Global Game Jam

What is Global Game Jam?

For the 5th year in a row, VCUarts’ Department of Kinetic Imaging is hosting Richmond’s 2018 Global Game Jam (GGJ18), the world’s largest video game creation event! All Global Game Jam events take place around the world simultaneously at physical locations. It’s an event that celebrates creativity, ingenuity, international collaboration, and unity. GGJ18 will take place January 26 – 28th, 2018 in over 464 locations, including Richmond!

What to expect

In Richmond, VCU’s campus will house GGJ18 (specifics pending.) The best part: you don’t need any previous experience with video games or game development! This event is open to all students, faculty, alumni, Richmond community members, novices, and professionals alike! Also, GGJ18 is a great introduction to the creative and developmental processes behind independent games as well as a platform for local game developers to connect.

On Friday, participants sign in at the designated location, get to know each other and hear the Keynote Speaker. Past Keynote Speakers include Tom Fulp, noted video game developer and founder of Video game designer and artist Porpentine Charity Heartscape is this year’s Keynote Speaker! She’s also creating an immersive video game for the opening of the ICA.

Finally, the secret theme is announced! In 48 hours, your team and teams all over the world will make games inspired by that theme. In addition to being a fun way to connect with collaborators, it inspires future projects beyond the game jam! Stay tuned for further details as the GGJ18 approaches and reach out if you have any questions.

We need you!

Volunteers are needed to help with the Game Jam! Consequently, this is a great way to get involved. Especially if you are nervous about not having the proper knowledge. If you start to feel more comfortable you can always join in! Email KI Communications Manager, Emma Hadley, at, with the subject line “GGJ18 Volunteer” if interested.

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Published on December 5, 2017

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