Finnish Game Jam 2011

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And the winners of FGJ 2011 are…

The winners of the Finnish Game Jam 2011 were revealed on IGDA Finland gathering in Helsinki on Tuesday night. There were three winning categories: the Best Game, voted by the judges, the Jammers Favorite voted by the jammers themselves, and the Best Windows Phone 7 Game, sponsored by Microsoft and also voted by the judges. And here are the winners:

Best Game: Snobli Run, Kajaani
Jammers Favorite: Snobli Run, Kajaani
Best Windows Phone 7 Game: Omniludens, Tampere

Congratulations to winners!

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Finland cleans the table in Gamesauce Challenge!

The winners of Gamesauce Challenge have been published and the results can be described with one word: EPIC! Among the ten winning games there are four games from Finland, and among the five runner ups there’s one more! Way to go! The winning teams have the opportunity to present their game during the Casual Connect Europe on Thursday, February 10, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany and have all-access passes to Casual Connect Europe and three nights of accommodation.

Congrats to all the winning teams:
Death Pizza, Turku
Hamsters and Plague, Oulu
Rhythm of the Stars, Tampere
Snobli Run, Kajaani

And the runner up:
How to Kill Pandas, Outokumpu

Game Jam over, now tell us how did we do!

The feedback is important to us, it helps us make the event even better! Jammers and organizers are asked to fill the national FGJ survey as well as the global GGJ survey. Use a few minutes and influence!

Jammer: Remember to vote for your favorite FGJ 2011 game!

Jammers Favorite voting has been opened. Play the games and give your vote! The links have been sent to the jammers, if you did not get mail, please contact your local coordinator. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 8th of February in the IGDA meeting in Helsinki.

And here are the nominees…

The winners of the Finnish Game Jam 2011 competitions are declared at the IGDA February meeting in Helsinki, 8.2.2011. The nominees are:

BEST GAME
Rhythm of the Stars
http://www.globalgamejam.org/2011/rhythm-stars
Snobli Run
http://www.globalgamejam.org/2011/snobli-run
Mushroom Crusher Extreme
http://www.globalgamejam.org/2011/mushroom-crusher-extreme
Air Extinguisher
http://www.globalgamejam.org/2011/air-extinguisher
Death Pizza
http://www.globalgamejam.org/2011/death-pizza
How to Kill Pandas
http://www.globalgamejam.org/2011/how-kill-pandas
Hamsters and Plague
http://www.globalgamejam.org/2011/hamsters-and-plague
Crash Lander
http://www.globalgamejam.org/2011/crash-lander
End of Resources
http://www.globalgamejam.org/2011/end-resources

BEST WP 7 GAME
Omniludens
http://www.globalgamejam.org/2011/omniludens
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi01X45JXJ0
Tremolution
http://www.globalgamejam.org/2011/tremolution
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeNO-Fv5O0M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWkepJa7edg
Stack’em Noah!
http://www.globalgamejam.org/2011/stack-em-noah
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8rwpo34CoQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv2AkmPgTJA
Last Kuraks
http://www.globalgamejam.org/2011/lastkuraks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dILPYUMLso4

The candidates for the competitions were nominated by following judges:

FGJ Tampere:
Matti Isotalo, Gamereactor Finland
Roope Kärki, Advant Games

FGJ Kajaani:
Arto Moilanen, KAJAK
Kimmo Nikkanen, KAJAK

FGJ Oulu:
Antti Ervasti, Game Research Center/Oulun Yliopisto
Tony Manninen, Ludocraft
Jussi Autio, Tuonela Productions

FGJ Turku:
Vesa Nieminen, Turku Game & Tech Labs
Niklas Wahrman, TicBits Ltd

FGJ Outokumpu:
Jonne Ojennus, Grit Studios
Veikko Miettinen, PKKY

This is what you signed up for!

Wondering what’s all the legal mumble jumble they want you to leave your games under once they’re finished and uploaded? Check the Creative Commons explanations by Otto Kekäläinen in FGJ Tampere from our official YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd272mJaXuU. And while you’re at it, check the other clips too to get a taste of the jamming mood! All the videos can be found from http://www.youtube.com/user/Finnishgamejam2011

Check also Tampere’s and Oulu’s Flickr photos!

Watch the keynote by Keita Takahashi!

Each year, all the sites attending to the Global Game Jam air a shared, special keynote. Previously the keynotes have been by Kyle Gabler and Ste Curran. This year, the person behind the keynote was Keita Takahashi. In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, his games, Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy might! If not, try those games out, because they are very unique game experiences. The keynote is now public and available for anyone to watch, go check it out: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbiVtYPtIqk!