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Gameathon is a 2 week event hosted by Bit Project in collaboration with industry partners, where anyone can learn the skills needed to make your own video game! Spend a week familiarizing yourself with some of the most popular game development engines used in the industry today, and then spend a week coding the best game you can. No prior experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome to join. Submit a game, and you'll be in the running for hundreds of dollars in prizes!
October 5 - 11, 2020
An introduction to what Unity is, and a tutorial on making a simple game using basic Unity functions.
A demonstration of some more complex techniques, such as dynamic player controls and cameras.
An introduction to GameMaker, and how you can use it to make a 2D game.
A final workshop dealing with advanced techniques, such as enemy behavior, 3D environments, and sound design.
Published Indie Game Developer Benjamin Rivers gives some tips and tricks on designing and implementing a new game.
A continuation of the lessons learned in Part 1, and an introduction to some more advanced techniques.
A final culmination of the things learned in the prior two workshops, dealing with advanced techniques and solutions.
October 12 - 18, 2020
Today's the day! October 12th marks the beginning of the Game Jam, when you'll start work on your game.
Meet up in the early stages of development to share game ideas you've been brainstorming. Find some inspiration, or help others do the same!
Meet up and share the successes and problems you've encountered while trying to implement your game ideas - help each other troubleshoot!
As the deadline approaches, meet up one last time to talk about how your game has turned out, and any final issues you still need to hammer out.
Hear from game developers from the Harvard Gamedevs, a student-run organization dedicated to making games (dates and topics to be announced!)
Learn about who we are, and how you can get involved to help us make education free and accessible.
October 18th at 6:00 PST is the deadline for your game - we'll show how to submit your game once the deadline approaches.
Our workshops will teach you the fundamentals of game dev and strengthen your new skills - more guest speakers to be announced!
Indie Game Developer
We'd like to thank these partners for providing speakers, materials, prizes, and more.
A game jam is like a hackathon, but specifically for games! Essentially, you’ll have a week to program and submit the best game you can, and we’ll judge the games and pick our favorites.
Anyone with an interest in programming or game development can participate. As a matter of fact, we encourage people with 0 prior experience with game development to join!
This is an individual event, so no teams. However, you’re encouraged to get your friends to join and troubleshoot together! We'll also be hosting social events like stand-ups throughout the development week to promote socializing and friendly collaboration.
As a matter of fact, there is! We have an official Bit Project Discord, which everyone is encouraged to join. Also, we'll be periodically hosting events that encourage socializing between participants. Keep your eyes peeled for those!
We’ll be hosting workshops to teach someone with no prior knowledge how to use both the GameMaker and Unity engines. In addition, we’ll be having guest speakers discuss more general game development concepts.
As we approach the start of the game jam, we’ll elaborate on how the games are meant to be submitted.