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Tuesday
Feb282017

Join us Remotely for the Climate Change Game Jam

Are you interested in helping to change the world through games?  The Brantford Games Network lab (BGNlab) at Wilfrid Laurier University is hosting a Climate Change Game Jam on March 18 and 19 with funding from the Government of Ontario and we are calling out for sites around the world to join in and create games at the same time!  During a Game Jam, participants work together to come up with games in a short period of time, and in this case, the goal is to develop ideas for games that will help people lower their carbon footprint.  It's a chance for you to think about how to use games and play to make a difference and a way to share those ideas with those building these games!

You can host a remote site and join in from your school, library, game store, or even your home!  A site could be a class, a group of friends, a game lab, a family, or just you!

We will be livestreaming our initial briefing at 9AM EST on Saturday, March 18.  We will also record it, so if you can't join us live, you will have it available.  We will also be sending out other briefing materials prepared by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.  Then you'll be off to make games that can change the world!  These can be digital, analog, or live action games.   Over two days, we welcome to brainstorm, come up with storyboards and design documents, or even create games, and put whatever you whatever you come up into the creative commons and upload it. 

On Sunday, March 19th, we will be asking sites to submit a form with some information about what went on.  We will also ask sites to have their jammers upload their ideas and prototypes to itch.io and place them into the Creative Commons, so anyone can benefit from the ideas.   The links needed for the livestream, content, and submission location will be provided to those sites that sign up. We will then be looking at the ideas, and developing two games out of the ideas and prototypes submitted over the summer of 2017.

So, grab some friends or classmates, sign up as a site, and plan on making games to change the world on March 18-19!

To sign up as a site, visit  https://goo.gl/forms/jvHFZfnlO7WKRABR2

 

Note - If you are a college or university student near Brantford, Ontario, we invite you to join our home site at WLU, where we will be interviewing for 12 summer jobs at the BGNlab to develop the games.  Learn more about the local Brantford site at http://bgnlab.ca/blog/2017/2/18/bgnlab-to-host-climate-change-game-jam-open-to-ontario-colle.html

 

Sunday
Feb262017

Red Bull Mind Gamers Design Blog 6: Bringing the Design to Life

Join Scott Nicholson, Robert Durant, Sean Harrison, and Chris Tenuta  for this final part of the video blog about the team who designed the escape room for the World Finals of Red Bull Mind Gamers first-ever Escape Room World Championship, hosted in Budapest, Hungary, on March 25.  This video is the process of bringing the design to life.
Wednesday
Feb222017

Red Bull Mind Gamers Design Blog 5: Creating a Team for an Escape Room 

 

Join Scott Nicholson, Robert Durant, Sean Harrison, and Chris Tenuta for this fifth part of the video blog about the team who designed the escape room for the World Finals of Red Bull Mind Gamers first-ever Escape Room World Championship, hosted in Budapest, Hungary, on March 25.  This video is about the roles needed in a successful escape room team.
This was filmed in the BGNlab at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, Ontario and at Escape Key, also in Brantford, Ontario.
Red Bull Mind Gamers is a new platform that offers thought-provoking challenges of the mind, with interactive online games and real-life challenges.  You can learn more about it here: http://redbullmindgamers.com
The Escape Room World Finals can be watched live on Red Bull TV: http://win.gs/2lyKYo1
You can see more of Dr. Nicholson's research on Escape Rooms at http://bgnlab.ca/pubs/

Join Scott Nicholson, Robert Durant, Sean Harrison, and Chris Tenuta for this fifth part of the video blog about the team who designed the escape room for the World Finals of Red Bull Mind Gamers first-ever Escape Room World Championship, hosted in Budapest, Hungary, on March 25.  This video is about the roles needed in a successful escape room team.
This was filmed in the BGNlab at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, Ontario and at Escape Key, also in Brantford, Ontario.
Red Bull Mind Gamers is a new platform that offers thought-provoking challenges of the mind, with interactive online games and real-life challenges.  You can learn more about it here: http://redbullmindgamers.com
The Escape Room World Finals can be watched live on Red Bull TV: http://win.gs/2lyKYo1
You can see more of Dr. Nicholson's research on Escape Rooms at http://bgnlab.ca/pubs/

 

Monday
Feb202017

Red Bull Mind Gamers Design Blog 4: The Team 

Learn about the contributions that team members Robert Durant, Sean Harrison, and Chris Tenuta brought in creating the finals for the Escape Room World Championships for the Red Bull Mind Gamers in video #4 of our 6-part series:



 

Saturday
Feb182017

BGNlab to host Climate Change Game Jam, open to Ontario college & university students

On March 18 and 19, the BGNlab at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario will be host to up to 200 students from Ontario colleges and universities to make climate change games to change the world with support from the Government of Ontario. 

The weekend will open with a briefing by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.  Jammers will then work on games of all sorts, including tabletop, PC, mobile, and live-action to help players make decisions that can reduce their carbon footprint.  All ideas will be placed into the Creative Commons, as the goal is to develop the best ideas that can make a difference.

Then over the summer 12 students (10 undergrads and 2 grad students) will be hired to develop two game prototypes based on the ideas produced at the jam at the Brantford Games Network lab.   These students will be selected from the students who attend the game jam.  These game prototypes and design documents will be tested and then released to the world, with the hope that others around the world will take the ideas and incorporate them into games of their own.

Questions can be directed to the WLU Game Design & Development program director, Scott Nicholson, at scott.nicholson@wlu.ca

If you are a student or faculty member at an Ontario college or university in a game-related program and want to help create games to help with climate change, sign up at 
http://tinyurl.com/ccgj2017