48 Hour Game Making Challenge - In Progress [Four Episodes]

Turner, Jane, Thomas, Lubi, & Owen, Cameron (2010) 48 Hour Game Making Challenge - In Progress [Four Episodes]. [Film/Video]

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Statement: Jams, Jelly Beans and the Fruits of Passion

Let us search, instead, for an epistemology of practice implicit in the artistic, intuitive processes which some practitioners do bring to situations of uncertainty, instability, uniqueness, and value conflict. (Schön 1983, p40)

Game On was born out of the idea of creative community; finding, networking, supporting and inspiring the people behind the face of an industry, those in the mist of the machine and those intending to join. We understood this moment to be a pivotal opportunity to nurture a new emerging form of game making, in an era of change, where the old industry models were proving to be unsustainable.

As soon as we started putting people into a room under pressure, to make something in 48hrs, a whole pile of evolutionary creative responses emerged. People refashioned their craft in a moment of intense creativity that demanded different ways of working, an adaptive approach to the craft of making games – small – fast – indie.

An event like the 48hrs forces participants’ attention on the process as much as the outcome. As one game industry professional taking part in a challenge for the first time observed: there are three paths in the genesis from idea to finished work: the path that focuses on mechanics; the path that focuses on team structure and roles and the path that focuses on the idea, the spirit – and the more successful teams need to put the spirit of the work first and foremost.

The spirit drives the adaptation, it becomes improvisation. As Schön says: “Improvisation consists on varying, combining and recombining a set of figures within the schema which bounds and gives coherence to the performance.” (1983, p55).

This improvisational approach is all about those making the games: the people and the principles of their creative process. This documentation evidences the intensity of their passion, determination and the shit that they are prepared to put themselves through to achieve their goal – to win a cup full of jellybeans and make a working game in 48hrs.

48hr is a project where, on all levels, analogue meets digital. This concept was further explored through the documentation process. This set of four videos were created by Cameron Owen on the fly during the challenge using both the iphone video camera and editing software in order to be available with immediacy and allow the event audience to share the experience - and perhaps to give some insights into the creative process exposed by the 48 hour challenge.

Schön, D. A. 1983, The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action, Basic Books, New York

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ID Code: 42575
Item Type: Creative Work (Film/Video)
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Author : (truna aka j.turner)
Funders: Institute of Creative Industries and Innovation
Material: Flash Video
Measurements or Duration: 20 minutes (across 4 episodes)
Number of Pieces: 4
Published Source: YouTube
Location: From date: To date:
Filmed at the Block and the Glasshouse, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane 2010-10-01 2010-10-03
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Keywords: Creative Practice, Game Design, Innovation, Creative Communities
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Computer Gaming and Animation (190202)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID)
Past > Disciplines > Art & Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 14 Jul 2011 02:00
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2013 23:26

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