BGSJam 11 Recap

This past weekend a crowd of creative folks got together and made 9 games in 48 hours at Buffalo Game space. BGS Jam 11, the eleventh local only Buffalo based game jam was attended by veteran and aspiring game developers with the challenge of making a game fit the secret theme chosen by the community by Sunday night. Always an amazing learning experience whether you've never made a game before or if it's your 100th project, BGSJam 11 created some new and interesting ideas while minting some new game developers in the process. The theme selected by community vote was "KAIJU". A surprise as always. If you didn't know what a Kaiju is, think Godzilla, Mothra, Ultraman etc. For a little more to go on than just that, Buffalo Game Space also accepted community submitted suggestions for diversifiers which were then selected down to 11. They are: UPC-A O.K. » read more

How to BGSjam Like a Pro

If you've never participated in a game jam before, it can be a bit daunting. We at BGS wanted to try to make it a little easier for beginners (and pros!), so we put together this handy introductory doc to jamming at a BGSjam. Read along here, or grab the latest version via Google Docs. Advice for BGSJammers 1) Don’t Be a Hero - Use a Game Engine! It is called a game jam for a reason. If you want to build your own game engine – go ahead, just make sure you have finished it before the BGSJam starts, so you can spend those precious 48 hours making a playable game. Don’t waste your programming kung fu on writing a game engine during the jam, use it to make a game! (Unless you are making a networked multiplayer game in Visual Basic on a dare. Even then reconsider. » read more

RECAP: Global Game Jam 2018

BGS once again hosted a jam site for Global Game Jam this past weekend, and attendees made 12 games based on the theme "Transmission" - check them out and play them today! Abandoned Portal Factory "You and your twin brother are exploring an abandoned portal factory, but your he is much further ahead than you. Gotta catch up, but be careful - these portals look dangerous, and you have no idea where they'll take you, or what they might do to you. Avoid them at all costs... or try to go through all of them - this is your adventure through the abandoned portal factory, experience it however you want! The game is played with a single button, which you hold to aim your jump, and release to jump in that direction (for more control mid-air, you can press the button again to double jump, which gives you a little » read more

Global Game Jam 2018 @ BGS

Register now at https://globalgamejam.org/2018/jam-sites/buffalo-game-space RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/161905511223129/ Buffalo Game Space is proud to once again host an official jam site for Global Game Jam, the largest event of it's kind in the world! Take part in this incredible event and make something awesome with us and the rest of the planet. Global Game Jam 2018 begins on Friday, January 26th, at 5pm and runs through the weekend until Sunday, January 28th, at 5pm. Anyone and everyone interested in making their own games is welcome, no matter what their skillset or prior experience may be. Unfamiliar with Global Game Jam? Check out their about page to learn more about this annual event - https://globalgamejam.org/about Never participated in a game jam before? Take a look at this mini-guide put together by local dev/artist Chris Langford (me) - » read more

The 2017 Queen City High School Game Jam

Download and play the 2017 Queen City High School Game Jam games today! Over the last weekend, Buffalo Game Space hosted the second annual Queen City High School Game Jam. At the AT&T-sponsored event, BGS members were paired up with teams of local middle- and high-school students to help them learn what goes into making a game by creating one with them. This year, six schools participated in the event, with each team creating their own game. The games, all designed around the theme "Social Good", are now available for all to download and enjoy on our itch.io page right now. Be sure to play them all to see what these great students all accomplished. The Queen City High School Game Jam was made possible by AT&T, Infotech WNY and WNY STEM.​ » read more

Announcing BGSjam X

BGSjam X The TENTH official game jam of Buffalo Game Space September 8th - 10th RSVP: itch.io | Facebook | Meetup Buffalo Game Space is proud to be hosting their TENTH official local game jam from September 8th to the 10th! Join newcomers and industry pros alike as we all work to create games over the course of the weekend, all based on one unifying theme (to be announced at the start of the event on Friday). So if you're a programmer, an artist, a musician, a designer, or just someone who wants to get a crash course in making games, come to BGSjam X and create something amazing with us! BGSjam X is free to attend, but we strongly recommend attendees bring $20 each in order to pay for the meals we'll provide during the jam (Dinner Friday, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Saturday, Brunch/Dinner Sunday) Never jammed before? Check out » read more

BGSjam9 - April 21-23

Help us pick the theme of BGSjam9 - vote on your top three themes today! BGSjam9, our ninth official game jam at Buffalo Game Space, is coming up and we want you there making games! Whether it's your first time or your hundredth, BGSjam9 has room for everyone of all skill levels! I've never jammed before - what should I know? First off, awesome! We're excited to have you make a game with us! Second, we recommend reading this piece we put together a few years back for one of our first game jams. It covers most of the essentials pretty well. What do I need to bring? Beyond yourself, you'll need some gear of some sort for making a game. Whether that's your office desktop, a laptop, or just some pencils and paper is up to you. We'll have ample table space and seating, as well as power and » read more

Announcing the Fall Game Workshop Series

Applications have closed, but you can still attend the workshops! Read on to learn more. Buffalo Game Space is proud to announce the first Fall Game Workshop Series. BGS is offering up to six students the opportunity to attend this series of workshops covering every aspect of game development free of charge, as well as offering coworking and equipment access. From September 6 to November 29 BGS will be offering workshops covering every element of game creation and development, from the basics of game design to the essentials of programming, creating art and music, storytelling and more. The workshop series will conclude in a game jam where attendees will work in teams to create a game in 48 hours using the lessons learned from the workshops. Following the game jam will be a public showcase of the games made by attendees. "This is a great opportunity for anyone who might » read more