Fall Game Jam: Light

Come see what we do!


Join Columbia Game Design and Development for our Fall 2017 Game Jam! A Game Jam is a fast-paced, 36-hour marathon for meeting up with fellow gamers, artists, and developers to make a game!

Whether you’re a game programming wizard, a level 90 artist, or just a video game enthusiast, this event is a great way to experiment with game concepts and meet others like you -- craftspeople with a passion for realizing their technical and/or creative skills in a fun larger context.

Don't worry if your game isn't exactly as you envisioned, or if you don't finish! We encourage you to submit whatever you have, however incomplete it may be. Feel free to work after the deadline and expand on your prototype, too -- what you make is completely yours.

No experience? If you don’t know any art or programming, this is the perfect excuse to learn, whether on your own or from experienced peers! We'll also be starting off with our pre-game jam with a few quick tips and rundown of our schedule to make the most of your experience.

Every jam, we have a loose theme that we encourage participants to base their games on. This time, the theme will be light, so you could make your game involve illumination, or weights, or however you choose to interpret the theme!

If you don't have housing through Columbia and need to be signed in, please let us know either by email or through our Facebook event, and make sure to bring identification when you come. Updated schedule and location information is available on the Facebook event here.

This time around, we're experimenting with itch.io, a service for displaying indie games and organizing game jams. When you're ready, submit the game (with a nice description and pretty screenshots, if you'd like) to our jam page here! Only downside is you'll need to register.


We're in two locations over the course of two days. Don't worry if you can't come to the second day!

1st Floor Lounge
Broadway Residence Hall
556 W. 114th St.
New York, NY 10027

West Ramp Lounge
Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027


Friday, November 17th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm in Broadway Lounge
Friday, November 17th from 7:30pm to late in West Ramp Lounge
Saturday, November 18th from 10:00am to 8:00pm in West Ramp Lounge