This past weekend I participated in Global Game Jam 2011, an international event in which small groups of game development enthusiasts attempt to build a game in 48 hours. It provides an opportunity for people who love games to share in their passion of making games. This year the event was a huge success, with 6500 participants resulting in over 1500 games. I was part of the game jam at UC Santa Cruz, which included over 50 jammers. While building a game in 48 hours was a highly rewarding experience, it provided several interesting challenges.
Day 1: Design