“Get All The Ice Cream!” Jeff Ward and the Global Game Jam

Did you ever wonder what would happen if the hit show ‘The Iron Chef‘ got rid of all of the gourmet nonsense and concentrated on video games instead?

Wonder no longer: Global Game Jam would happen.

Each year the IGDA (International Game Developers Association) puts the GGJ together, inviting professionals and hobbyists alike to hunker down and create a game in 48 hours. In case that wasn’t harrowing enough, there is a catch.

From the Global Game Jam site:

 The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon. 

Emphasis my own, because secret themes are awesome and should be emphasized. What was year’s secret theme?

An Ouroboros: an ancient symbol representing a dragon or serpent eating its own tail.

And that’s’ it: 48 hours, serpent eating its own tail, good luck.

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Fire Hose is Hiring!

Do you want to work for an awesome indie studio in one of the hippest places on Earth? Fire Hose Games in Cambridge Massachusetts is hiring!

Take a look at our jobs page; We are looking for an Art Director, a Programmer, a 3D Animator, and a 3D Artist to join our team.

Working for us comes with all kinds of perks:

1. You will have unfettered access to chairs with wheels on them!

2. You can draw on our whiteboard with up to four colors at a time!

3. We have snacks, so many snacks, and you can partake in them!

4. We play Dominion!

5. We have a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Plan in place!

6. Some have said that working for us gives you +5 in Speechcraft within Skyrim (yet to be proven)

7.  We make video games!

You psyched? Sure you are. Take a look at the postings and apply.

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Child’s Play Auction Winner!

At this year’s Child’s Play Auction Dinner Fire Hose Games was pleased to donate the oppurtuinty to have your name placed into our game. This was accompinaned by a framed piece of artwork created by our own Jacques Pena.

We are happy to announce that the winner of the auction, with an impressive personal donation of $300.00, was number 520, Don F.

We will be in touch soon, and will share updates on the blog!

For more information on how you can donate to Child’s Play please visit their website.

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Games we are playing: Rayman Origins

Rayman Origins sometimes feels like playing a half-watercolor, half-oil painted version of LocoRoco” -Eric

There have been a lot of Lums at lunchtime here at Fire Hose becuase we’re playing Rayman Origins. It is a bright and colorful platformer that offers fun environmental puzzles and Super Mario Wii-esque four player gameplay (with slightly less griefing).

“It’s awesome!” wrote Jeff, Fire Hose programmer, “Collection performers are totally my thing, in 2D or 3D.  I loved the first Jak and Daxter, I loved Ratchet and Clank, and …Rayman is just really, really polished fun.”

“I agree with Jeff,” said Eric, another Fire Hose dude that was kind enough to bring the game in for everyone to play, “I’ve been playing Rayman Origins and loving the hell out of it.”

We have found that playing with four players can be a bit busy, with onlookers only being able to keep up with Globox, the largest and bluest character.

He kind of stands out.

Everyone else seems to blend into the scene, with cameo appearances made when they make sweeping jumps or fall behind enough to stick out …

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