My experience in the 2014 Global Game Jam was short but exciting!
In previous years I got to participate from a far, but this year was the first time I actually found myself at the Google campus in Tel-Aviv, surrounded by like-minded video game nerds - brandishing plastic swords, laptops, tablets, coffee and pizza!
...it was glorious :)
This year's theme was "we don't see things as they are, we see them as we are", which I thought could go in so many different directions... I was not disappointed!
I got to participate in two great projects:
How I met your Grandfather is a cute 8-bit puzzle, to be solved in a room that changes based on the character you currently play!
The grandmother, granddaughter and cat all see objects as different things... and yes, the cat does see the computer station as a bed :)
For this colorful retro gem I just had to create a sweet "8-Bit Waltz"!
Another enjoyable challenge was figuring out how to create an 8-bit cat "meow"... :)
Uniform is quite a different thing - a much darker, more intense game with an important remembrance message.
The score I created for this plays a bit with motifs of traditional Jewish music (albeit in a very westernized way), which was an interesting experience for me.
Those who are well versed in Jewish music will be able to "call my bluff" right away - but it was important to me nonetheless to incorporate some part of it into the Uniform Main Theme.
I'll be returning for the 2015 Game Jam, and I hope to be able to bring you a lot more spontaneous video game music!
Thanks for listening, stay tuned!
- Omri Lahav