Hi! This is André from Mix and Jam, your host for the FPS Microgame Jam. Check out this video I made that highlights what we’re going to do at the jam: https://bit.ly/yt-promo-yfgj-fps
Curious for more details?
Here’s the lowdown. We (this includes you!) are going to take a free ready-made First Person Shooter game and customize it a bunch of different ways. At the end, we’ll show you how you can put your game on the web and share it so that anyone can play. Even if you’ve never used Unity or are still very new to it, don’t worry – we’ll guide you step by step. All you need to do is come prepared (see below) and follow along. And if you get stuck, just reach out in the live chat and we’ll help you out.
The cool thing about this game jam is that you influence what we show you. Ok, we’ll definitely show you some of our favorite things you can do, like how to build your own custom level, create a cookie-blaster gun, add power ups, and alter the player/weapon properties. But we’re excited to hear YOUR ideas of what you want to do with the FPS Microgame – so we’ll be looking to the live chat for ideas we can help bring to life. Oh, and did I mention we’ll be giving away $75 Unity Gear Store vouchers to some lucky people just for participating?
See what the co-hosts are already working on:
Code Monkey’s Awesome FPS Game:
CouchFerret’s Slick FPS:
WIN A PRIZE:
Once we’re live, all you need to do is tweet or post on Instagram using the hashtag #yourfirstgamejam and tag Unity to let us know you’re watching: @unity3d on Twitter | @UnityTechnologies on Instagram. Bonus points if you share a screenshot of your FPS game or a photo showing your participation in the jam. If you don’t have Twitter or Instagram, you can also post in the FPS Creators group for a chance to win: bit.ly/fpscreators. Want to tag the hosts?
On Twitter we’re:
@andre_mc @UnityCodeMonkey @couchferret @elenaunity3d.
HOW TO PREPARE:
We are going to jump pretty quickly into showing you how to customize the FPS Microgame, so follow these steps to download it and come prepared: https://bit.ly/yfgj-howtoprepare
If you have questions leading up to the event, reach out to us in the FPS Creators Group: https://bit.ly/fpscreators
Q: Do I need any Unity or programming experience to attend?
A: Nope! This jam is for people who are new to Unity. We just ask that you show up ready to jam (see above).
Q: What system requirements are there to install Unity?
Q: How long is the jam?
A: We’ll be jamming for about three hours. Of course, you’re free to pop in and out, and we’ll do our best to make sure it’s easy for people to do so. That way, when you come back you can just jump right back in with us.
Q: Will it be recorded?
A: Yes. The full recording will be published on YouTube within an hour after the stream ends.
Q: What is a game jam?
A: This game jam is unique because it’s hosted online, it’s for beginners, we’re using a game template, it’s short, and we (pretty much) know what we’re going to show you. A *traditional* game jam is an in-person event where you would typically gather with more experienced programmers, game designers, artists, etc., to create a game or project from scratch in about 24-72 hours.
Q: Who is hosting the jam?
André from Mix and Jam: https://bit.ly/MixAndJam
Code Monkey: https://bit.ly/Code-Monkey
Live chat contributors: