Gaming, Animation and VFX

Game Jam 2023 : Try the Games Out!

Second semester students in the AEC Game and Level Design program had the chance to participate in the third edition of the LaSalle College Game Jam.
Promotional graphic for Game Jam 2023 showcasing the theme "Steal One's Thunder" with illustrative game design images.

The "Steal One's Thunder Game Jam" recently concluded with an amazing display of talent, creativity, and enthusiasm from the students in our Game and level design AEC. This exciting event provided a platform for participants to create games, incorporating the theme of "Steal One's Thunder." Let's take a moment to recap this yearly gaming extravaganza, but first, have a look at the games that came out of it!

Try them out here


The challenge

Teams of 2 to 4 students of our VFX & Game Design School joined forces, pooling their skills and expertise to craft new gaming experiences. The atmosphere was electric as participants explored various game engines, utilizing their preferred tools to bring their visions to life. From Unity to Unreal Engine, each team harnessed their chosen engine's capabilities to create immersive gameplay and breathtaking visuals.

Participants took advantage of a wide range of art and audio assets. Whether crafting original content or incorporating resources found online, participants put forward their creativity. The result was a vibrant collection of games, each showcasing unique art styles, captivating soundtracks, and visually stunning presentations.

 

Two individuals presenting a team slide with personal profiles in a cheerful and interactive environment.

 

The results

The games were evaluated by a diverse panel of judges, including students, teachers, and members of the public. Each game was assessed based on four key criteria: fun, originality, presentation, and respect of the theme.

Here are our winners :

 

1st place : Labours of Zeus

Davis Maxwell, Dominick Caron, Emma Lombart, and Kyle Derzsy

A person kneels, channeling a stream of energy from a sphere to a statue within a dimly lit crypt
 

 

2nd place : Psyche Pilfer

 A 3D-rendered chamber with walls lined by bookshelves, ornate lanterns hanging from the ceiling, and numbered doors.
 

 

3rd place : Morton Antivirus

A 3D letter M with a metallic and cyan color scheme presented as a modern, tech-inspired logo.

 

As the event came to a close, it was clear that the "Steal One's Thunder Game Jam" had achieved its goal of unleashing creativity and fun. It’s important for a future dev to have material to add to their portfolio and we see quite a few projects here that may catch the eye of future employers. Here’s a sample of what our students came up with.

 

Four-panel collage of stylized video game characters in various settings, including a painterly cityscape and an underwater scene.

 

This Game Jam made our student’s talent shine and we’re excited to see what lies in store for 2024!

 

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