[WATCH] Extreme gaming: Malta Global Game Jam gets under way

Contestants are challenged to create a game from scratch in under 48 hours at the Malta Global Game Jam, underway at the Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta. We speak to Institute director Gordon Calleja, American video game critic Leigh Alexander, and last year's winners David Chircop and Yannick Massa. 

Contestants at the Malta Global Game Jam scramble to create games from scratch in 48 hours at the Malta Global Game Jam
Contestants at the Malta Global Game Jam scramble to create games from scratch in 48 hours at the Malta Global Game Jam
Extreme gaming: Malta Global Game Jam • Video by Ray Attard

Now in its second edition, the 'extreme game development' event Malta Global Game Jam is currently underway at the University of Malta. An initiative by the local Institute of Digital Games, the event joins hundreds of its international counterparts worldwide. 

Institute director Gordon Calleja said that the event aims to encourage both the Institute's students and any other participants to concentrate on the process and structure of game development. 

Acclaimed - and sometimes controversial - video game critic Leigh Alexander, who gave a keynote speech at the event on Friday, said that while no "polished" games were likely to emerge from the Jam, the challenge still provided contestants with a potentially useful window into indie game creation. 

And last year's Game Jam winners David Chircop and Yannick Massa gave us the lowdown on how they went about creating their winning game, '...and then we held hands...' and how they're finding the process this time around. 

Watch our video for more. 

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