There once was a little event where people from around Toronto came together to make games. It was called TOJam, and much fun was had by the participants. Years and years later, TOJam has become one of Toronto’s big, annual game development events! 2013 marks the eighth TOJam, and the third time that I’ll be attending.
I was at the first two events, back in 2006 and 2007. That first amazing year saw me complete a game called Alien Abduction! (now renamed UFO Panic), a game where you flew around another planet abducting aliens. Unfortunately, the second year saw my computer blow up on me, which resulted in much sad, and so I didn’t get anything completed. However, this year I don’t have to transport an entire desktop system from Pickering to downtown Toronto; all I need is my trusty laptop, and if I’m crazy enough I might also bring along my CRT monitor so I can rely on my usual two-monitor setup.
Almost every TOJam has had a theme, and this year is no different. The theme is “uncooperative”, and I already have a game idea for it. With any luck, I’ll be able to put together a simple tactical socialization game on a deserted island within the three days of the jam, with the help of my friend and fellow Cold Acid Entertainment developer Karl.
I’m really looking forward to it, and so are many others in the city! For the four hundred seats available, over three hundred registrations have already been sent in since the registration form opened up this morning. Goes to show you just how popular this game jam can be. I certainly hope that Karl and I will be among the lucky folks selected to attend!