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Am I old enough to attend JAMTECH?
Percent of JAMTECH students per grade
Most JAMTECHers are between 7th – 10th grade, but as you can see, students come from many different grades. Here are things to consider for younger students (6th grade and younger):
- Are they generally independent (self-sufficient, mature, etc.)?
- Are they academically advanced and extremely curious?
- Are they technically proficient (code for fun, build computers, etc.)?
If the answer is yes, then the student may be a great fit for JAMTECH. Students can always come with friends, fellow students, teachers, parents, etc. to make the experience perfect for you – which is helpful for beginner game designers.
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Common JAMTECH Downloads
From the 10/14/2016 JAMTECH
NOTE: the links below are not valid for JAMTECHs after 10/14/2016.
- Please follow the directions HERE to install Unity.
- PC/Windows install files: click HERE
- Mac/OS X install files: click HERE
Important Mac/OS X Instructions
If you or your child is bringing a Mac to JAMTECH, make sure one of the following has been done PRIOR to coming to JAMTECH:
- User account being used at JAMTECH has Administrative rights, or
- The following issue has been fixed with MonoDevelop (this is an application installed when Unity is installed)
Mac MonoDevelop Fix
- Log into the account that will be used at JAMTECH
- Using Finder, go to the Applications folder
- Go to the Unity folder
- Right-click on the MonoDevelop application (right-click)
- Select Show Package Contents
- Right-click on the Contents folder that is now shown in Finder
- Click Get Info
- In this window, go to the bottom where it says Sharing & Permissions
- If the lock at the bottom-right of the window is locked, click it to unlock it (you may need an Administrator’s username and password)
- In the Sharing & Permissions section, change the Privilege (column heading) for everyone (name column) to Read & Write (privilege column)
- At the bottom of this window is a gear icon with a drop-down arrow, click this gear and select Apply to enclosed items…
- Click OK when the dialog box opens asking you if you are sure you want to do this
- An apply changes box will open briefly and then close automatically
- Once it closes you may close the finder window at which point you are done
Do I need to know programming to attend JAMTECH?
While there is no specific experience required, students need to be highly interested in learning about all aspects of game design – even if you end up specializing in just a couple of aspects of game design.
Game design at JAMTECH generally includes:
- Art design (2D and 3D)
- Game strategy
- Game engine (Unity for example)
If you are game designing by yourself, you will want to learn all of these, but many students work in teams where people can focus on certain areas versus all of it.
Still have questions?
What is Unity?
Game engines are used by video game developers to create video games because of the engine’s ability to do some combination of the following within one software package:
|Render graphics (2D & 3D)||Sound|
|Physics engine (including collision detection)||Scripting (programming)|
|Threading||And many more|
JAMTECH uses Unity to primarily:
- Render graphics
- Apply physics and collisions
- Import/build graphic assets (2D and 3D)
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What happens at JAMTECH?
JAMTECH event overview:
- Starting around 9am we jump right into a Unity and package overview to make sure people know how to use Unity and the package (the package is the file Unity creates when making a game)
- By 10am or so students are designing and building their games with help from other students and volunteers and this continues until about 3pm – we’re together in a large space so people can work with one another
- Speaking of volunteers, we have volunteers from GMU’s game design program and local companies – volunteers are game developers/designers, application developers, programmers, artists, etc.
- By 3:30pm students are showing the games they built during the showcase
- Teachers, parents, etc. are welcome to come to the event – especially the showcase at the end
- Food – did we mention we’ve got tons of food – usually tons of pizza!
- Shirt – we give students an awesome shirt!