St. Louis to participate in Global Game Jam, aiming for second record-breaking year

St. Louis, MO -- January 24, 2013. The Global Game Jam, now in its fifth year, set a world record in 2012 for most games created in a single weekend. The 2013 Global Game Jam, starting this week on January 25, 2013, aims to break that record.

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the largest event of its kind, bringing together a broad range of people with creative and technical expertise for an event that encourages creativity, collaboration, and experimentation. At the 2012 event, teams in 242 locations in 47 countries created over 2,200 games in one weekend, and the accomplishment was accepted for inclusion into the Guinness Book of World Records.

For the 2013 event, scheduled to begin on Friday, there are over 310 registered teams in 63 countries. New participating countries this year include Nigeria, Iran, Tunisia, and many others. The main St. Louis team will be participating at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

On Friday, at 5 pm in their local timezones, teams across the world learn the secret theme that has been chosen for this year's event. Participants then break into brainstorming groups and begin the process of making rapid prototypes.

Participants of all skill levels and age ranges are welcome. Professionals with decades of experience in the industry will also be attending, to both participate and to help mentor other attendees, while talent-scouting for potential hires.

Notable St. Louis game developers attending this year include David Whatley (Game of the Year titles CyberStrike and GeoDefense), John Ratcliff (688 Attack Sub, Seawolf, PlanetSide), and Elonka Dunin (author, cryptographer, and namesake for a character in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code-sequel The Lost Symbol).

The Global Game Jam games will target a wide range of platforms, from consoles to mobile phones to web-based applications. Participants can also create non-digital games such as boardgames or card games. All games, intended for a play experience of 2-5 minutes, must be finished by 3 pm on Sunday, and registered at the Global Game Jam website.

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