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48-hour game jam inspires creative ideas

Year 1 and 2 games development students at Banbury and Bicester College recently teamed up to take part in a game jam.

A game jam sees small teams of developers getting together to make a game from start to finish within a short space of time.  The time constraint is designed to promote creative ideas under the pressure of a deadline.

By working together, the Banbury campus based students produced three computer games over two days of intense effort.

A time lapse of event can be found here

Rich Hancock, creative director at RagTag Developments and teacher at Banbury and Bicester College said: “The end of year game jam took place during the last few days of term before the Christmas break.  The jam went really well and all who took part enjoyed the experience greatly, and learned a lot.”

Ragtag Developments are an independent, award-winning, interactive software development studio based in North Oxfordshire. 

Dion van Overdijk, Learning Manager of ICT and Games Development at Banbury and Bicester College said: “By forging strong links with local employers, like RagTag Developments, we give our students an insight into what businesses are expecting and how they work.

“At the college we strive to continually grow and develop high-quality connections with local IT businesses to give our students both work experience opportunities and teaching experiences.

“The end of year game jam was a creative, practical and successful event for our students.  It was also good practice for a game jam planned for June 2016 with Gloucester University.”