NYT video game reviewer Chris Suellentrop comes to RVA for 2016 Global Game Jam on 1/29

by | Jan 7, 2016 | POLITICS

The folks at RVA GGame Jams are holding a pretty neat event at the end of the month (even cooler than their usual annual game-building competition) and they’re bringi

The folks at RVA GGame Jams are holding a pretty neat event at the end of the month (even cooler than their usual annual game-building competition) and they’re bringing a dope-as-hell speaker to give the keynote.

Here’s our coverage of last year’s Game Jam for a bit more background.

Check out details below via a presser from the group, and make sure to snatch up tickets ASAP here.

RVA Game Jams and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) present noted video game critic Chris Suellentrop and Global Game Jam 48­hour video game making competition January 29th – 31st 2016 at The Depot at VCU. This event is free and open to the public. The keynote lecture with Chris Suellentrop begins at 6pm on Friday, January 29th. Global Game Jam begins at 8pm on Friday, January 29th, 2016. The Depot is located at 814 West Broad St. Richmond, VA 23284

Chris Suellentrop is a contributing video game critic for The New York Times and a host of the podcast Shall We Play a Game? He has written feature articles for The New York Times Magazine, Wired, New York, Legal Affairs, Radar (2.0), and The Wilson Quarterly. His essays, reviews, and columns have appeared in, among other outlets,The New York Times Book Review, Grantland, NPR’s All Things Considered, NewYorker.com , Matter, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, The New York Observer, Washington Monthly, Kotaku, and Slate.

Global Game Jam is an annual, international accelerated video game development challenge. Participants develop games from scratch in a 48 hours, based on a secret theme chosen by organizers. The event attracts video game developers from all sides of the industry. Students, hobbyists, industry professionals from well respected game studios, as well as independent videogame developers will work solo or in teams to make original, independent games. It is an inspirational test of skill, resolve, creativity and perseverance and an opportunity to meet other like minded folks passionate about indie games.

RVA Game Jams is a community project created to get video game developers from the Richmond area together to participate in game jams, learn more about developing games, and network with each other. We are interested in exploring games as a form of art, communication, education and entertainment.

The Depot was originally built in 1907 as a station for the Richmond-Ashland trolley line. Since then it has undergone a state-of-the-art renovation, which has modernized the building while preserving its historical character. The Depot houses a new facility dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations, events and creative entrepreneurship education. One of The Depot’s features available to Global Game Jam participants will be a motion capture studio.

From January 29th-31st 2016 RVA Game Jams will facilitate a meet­up for participants of the Global Game Jam at the Depot at VCU with support from VCUART’s Departments of Kinetic Imaging, Art Education and Communication Arts. We welcome professional and amateur game developers, students musicians, artists, designers, friends, press, and public at this event.

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner is the former editor of GayRVA and RVAMag from 2013 - 2017. He’s now the Richmond Bureau Chief for Radio IQ, a state-wide NPR outlet based in Roanoke. You can reach him at BradKutnerNPR@gmail.com




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