Posted on Friday 18 January 2013 by Ulster Business

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Farset Labs at its best, full of creative and technical people. 

NORTHERN Ireland's fast-growing tech community is once again aiming to prove its ability to compete on the world stage, with the announcement that Farset Labs will take part in the Global Game Jam.

It is the first time Belfast will take part in the event, which brings people together across the globe to explore new technology tools, try on new roles in development and test their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.

Global Game Jam is a 'hackathon' focused on games of all sorts, from full-scale console productions to mobile, web-based and embedded games, as well as non-digital productions like board and card games. Some will be frivolous, others developed for solid causes, such as social impact in the case of the Games For Change movement.

During last year's Global Game Jam, 242 locations in 47 countries created over 2,000 games in one weekend to set a Guinness World Record. However, sites for this year's event have already been registered in around 300 locations in 60 countries, so hopes are high of setting a new world record.

Farset Labs. located at Weavers' Court in Belfast, will be open for the full 48-hour period, from January 25 to 27 as each participant team competes to build a game in a weekend.

Farset Labs' Andrew Bolster, the official organiser for the event in Belfast, said: "This is the biggest event of its kind in the world and we are calling on Northern Ireland's brightest and best creative and technical people to take part. So whether you are a writer, artist, coder, character designer or even a production manager, and are interested in meeting like-minded people to express yourself through video games, join us on the 25th of January.

"The weekend is about exploring the process of development, programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression and while the focus is on programming there any many other ways people who don't code can contribute to a game."

The event is being hosted in conjunction with the University of Ulster Office of Innovation, who will be providing refreshments. Entry is free.

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