Game Jam 2014 FAQs

+ What is a game jam?

From Wikipedia: “A game jam is a gathering of game developers for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating games within a short span of time. Game developers are generally made up of programmers, game designers, artists, and others in game development-related fields.”

+ How old do I have to be to participate?

You must be 14 years of age or older. At least 1 member of your team must be 18 years of age or older. 

+ Can I reapply if I participated in the ROM Game Jam last year?

Yes! We would love to have you back!

+ Is there reliable wifi at the ROM?

Yes!

+ Do I need to have made a game before?

Game jams can be a great way to learn how to make games. With limited capacity for the ROM Game Jam, however, we recommend participants have previous experience.

+ Are students allowed to participate?

Students are absolutely welcome to participate, especially those with experience in making games.

+ Do I participate alone or as a team?

Participants work in a team (maximum four members total) or solo.

+ Do I have to create my team ahead of time?

Yes, we are asking that teams (maximum four members total) should be created ahead of time. At least one member must be 18 years of age or older. 

+ Are there floaters?

No. Participants must be in a team (maximum four members total) or be able to work solo.

+ When will we find out if we've been accepted to participate in the Jam?

We know you're eager to find out! You'll hear from us on July 25, 2014, so make sure you sign up with an email address you check frequently!

+ What are the hours of ROM Game Jam?

The ROM Game Jam starts on Friday, August 8 at 5pm and ends on Sunday, August 10 at 5:30pm. ROM Game Jam daily hours are as follows:

Friday: 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am to 10:30pm
Sunday: 10:30am to 5:00pm

+ Can I stay overnight at the ROM?

Whoa! How awesome would this be? No.

+ Where is the ROM Game Jam being held?

The ROM Game Jam is being held inside the Royal Ontario Museum at 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON.

+ How do I get to the ROM Game Jam?

The Royal Ontario Museum is at 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON, conveniently located at the Museum station of the Yonge-University-Spadina line. See a map and more detailed directions.

+ Is there a theme to ROM Game Jam?

Yes! The theme for the 2014 ROM Game Jam is:

THE EVOLUTION REVOLUTION
Life began 4.5 billion years ago.
Humans appeared in the 11th hour.
What will life look like in the future?

+ Can our games be based on any subject within the ROM?

One of the challenges for the ROM Game Jam is to get ROM visitors to experience more of the museum by animating its exhibitions. For this project, the ROM will have chosen some exhibitions to act as the inspiration for games.

+ Do our games need to be educational?

No, not strictly—although we’d argue that players learn in games even if they’re not intended to be educational.

+ Do we need to finish the game?

We strongly encourage a working prototype of your game by the end of the jam weekend.

+ What equipment/resources will be provided?

The ROM will be providing the space, electrical and internet for the jam itself but participants will be required to bring their own equipment: that includes any computers, tablets, extra monitors, etc.

+ What platform should we build our games for?

A game should be user-accessible and made easily playable either online or on mobile/tablet devices.

+ Can we use any technology/tool, or are we limited?

The world is your oyster! But please remember, the game jam is three days and you’re working towards a playable prototype, so keep the scope of your game in mind when you’re deciding what technology and tools to use.

+ Who owns the IP behind the game?

You do!

+ Can I attend the event just to hang out?

Due to space constraints allotted for the jam, there’s no capacity for people who will not be participating. However, you are welcome to visit the ROM during visiting hours.

There will be opportunities for you to see games that are created during the jam.  Completed games will be play-tested at various ROM events between September and December 2014.  Confirmed dates will be posted here later – please check back!  

+ Can I work on a game I have already started working on?

Sure, if there’s an organic way to incorporate the themes and challenges from the ROM Game Jam!

+ Do our games have to be children friendly?

Well, they can’t be children unfriendly!

+ What exhibitions can my game be inspired by?

We’ll have an available list soon!

+ Do all of my team members have to be on-site?

Yes. One of the best parts about a game jamand arguably central to the jamming experience!is being able to collaborate in-person with your teammates as well as with your fellow jammers. That experience just isn’t the same if you’re working with someone remotely. If you are signing up with a team for the jam, please make sure that all members will be available during the jam weekend.

+ Will my game be shown at the ROM?

Completed games, at the discretion of the ROM, will be play-tested at various ROM events between September and December 2014.  Confirmed dates will be posted here later – please check back!

Further questions can be directed to GameJam@rom.on.ca