IMG_0037At this April's 360 iDev conference in San Jose, California, TouchArcade will be sponsoring the overnight Game Jam -- an event which locks sleep deprived iPhone developers in a room overnight to see what they can come up with. This time, though, there will be refreshments!

We followed the action closely at last year's event which was organized by Noel Llopis. Last year's event ultimately did result in two shipping games: Hippo High Dive by Imangi and Gravity Sling. It also featured a fiddle performance by Galcon creator Phil Hassey.

Now, we're not sure we'll see the next Doodle Jump come out of the event, but anything's possible. It should be an intense and fun event for small indie developers to bond while consuming junk food and Red Bull and posting on the TouchArcade forums. So really not much different than the average day for most, but all the while trying to come up with the next great game.

360 iDev takes place between April 11-14, 2010 in San Jose, California and is for iPhone developers. Speakers include geoDefense's David Whatley and many more.

App Store Links: Hippo High Dive, Free (Temporarily) - Gravity Sling, Free (+ DLC)

  • Outkast1

    Do you have to be a developer? How about a lowly iPhone gaming addict? I live in San Jose and this sounds like a really cool event. Do you have to have a dev license or something? Maybe I could sneak in...

    • Mark

      I doubt there would be much for you to do there. There's probably not going to be much playing, just some hard coding.

      • Outkast1

        I would have checked it out anyways... lend some inspiration to the dev's or something :) but at $500 that ends the discussion right there for me!

    • Yetea

      Honestly, fans really should have some self-control and avoid interfering - they're working, not putting on a show! It would just handicap them by adding another distraction, in all honesty.

  • Outkast1

    Do you have to be a developer? How about a lowly iPhone gaming addict? I live in San Jose and this sounds like a really cool event. Do you have to have a dev license or something? Maybe I could sneak in...

    • Mark

      I doubt there would be much for you to do there. There's probably not going to be much playing, just some hard coding.

      • Outkast1

        I would have checked it out anyways... lend some inspiration to the dev's or something :) but at $500 that ends the discussion right there for me!

    • Yetea

      Honestly, fans really should have some self-control and avoid interfering - they're working, not putting on a show! It would just handicap them by adding another distraction, in all honesty.

  • omg

    omg look in the photo everyone has macs!

    • Yetea

      The iPhone SDK only works on Macs, sir.

  • omg

    omg look in the photo everyone has macs!

    • Yetea

      The iPhone SDK only works on Macs, sir.

  • http://www.teamphobic.com Jonas

    It was a lot of fun, anyone thinking about it should go for sure!

  • http://www.teamphobic.com Jonas

    It was a lot of fun, anyone thinking about it should go for sure!

  • http://www.imangi.com Natalia

    Three cheers for refreshments! I think we all had to share a Toblerone last time.

  • http://www.imangi.com Natalia

    Three cheers for refreshments! I think we all had to share a Toblerone last time.

  • wegmans

    Come over and do one on the East Coast.... preferably near DC..

    you don't need to be on the West Coast for this!!

    -wishful thinking

  • wegmans

    Come over and do one on the East Coast.... preferably near DC..

    you don't need to be on the West Coast for this!!

    -wishful thinking

  • http://www.endloop.ca Garry Seto

    The 360iDev game jam was awesome. So tiring but oh so awesome and Phil's impromptu concerto was great too! Oh, and who can forget Owen Goss on the big screen watching over us all like Big Brother. :P

    Can't wait for the next one!

  • http://www.endloop.ca Garry Seto

    The 360iDev game jam was awesome. So tiring but oh so awesome and Phil's impromptu concerto was great too! Oh, and who can forget Owen Goss on the big screen watching over us all like Big Brother. :P

    Can't wait for the next one!

  • http://gamesfromwithin.com Noel

    Awesome! Can't wait to do it again! I'll have to make sure to think of a topic I want to prototype ahead of time instead of deciding minutes before the jam like last time :-)

  • http://gamesfromwithin.com Noel

    Awesome! Can't wait to do it again! I'll have to make sure to think of a topic I want to prototype ahead of time instead of deciding minutes before the jam like last time :-)

  • Yetea

    It's a format that I'd never find hugely attractive given my nature, but I respect the sentiment and some of the things that came out of the last jam were more than worth playing. Repeat the trick, please!

  • Yetea

    It's a format that I'd never find hugely attractive given my nature, but I respect the sentiment and some of the things that came out of the last jam were more than worth playing. Repeat the trick, please!

  • PromisedPlanet

    Buncha geeks.

  • PromisedPlanet

    Buncha geeks.

  • http://www.riptidegames.com/ Brian Robbins

    We had a great time at the last one, and were thrilled to be able to release Gravity Sling as a result (though that wasn't strictly the goal going in).

    I'm definitely up for a bit more upfront planning this time, but I really enjoyed the last minute nature of it last time around.

    Should be fun, and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

  • http://www.riptidegames.com/ Brian Robbins

    We had a great time at the last one, and were thrilled to be able to release Gravity Sling as a result (though that wasn't strictly the goal going in).

    I'm definitely up for a bit more upfront planning this time, but I really enjoyed the last minute nature of it last time around.

    Should be fun, and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

  • http://www.mindjuice.net/charmed Ken (Mind Juice)

    I'll definitely participate!

    How does it work though? Does someone pick a topic or keyword to focus on, or can you have an idea ahead of time?

  • http://www.mindjuice.net/charmed Ken (Mind Juice)

    I'll definitely participate!

    How does it work though? Does someone pick a topic or keyword to focus on, or can you have an idea ahead of time?

  • Matthew kanwisher

    What night is the game jam? I'm going to the conference but I don't see it on the schedule.

    • http://360idev.com John Wilker

      Sorry for taking 2 months to jump on this. :)

      Matthew, the Game Jam is Tuesday night. We'll get it up on the schedule ASAP, it's been in the more nebulous "in the works" phase for a bit.

      The game Jam was awesome and Nattylux, I'll make sure there's more than one Toblerone this time ;)

      Everyone like Round Table pizza? :)

      Ken,

      There's not much in the way of rules, so by all means think up an idea before you get there and be ready to work on it.

      Noel is the man! This is his brain child and it's great! We can't wait to see what comes out of the game jam this time!

      John, 360|iDev organizer.

  • Matthew kanwisher

    What night is the game jam? I'm going to the conference but I don't see it on the schedule.

    • http://360idev.com John Wilker

      Sorry for taking 2 months to jump on this. :)

      Matthew, the Game Jam is Tuesday night. We'll get it up on the schedule ASAP, it's been in the more nebulous "in the works" phase for a bit.

      The game Jam was awesome and Nattylux, I'll make sure there's more than one Toblerone this time ;)

      Everyone like Round Table pizza? :)

      Ken,

      There's not much in the way of rules, so by all means think up an idea before you get there and be ready to work on it.

      Noel is the man! This is his brain child and it's great! We can't wait to see what comes out of the game jam this time!

      John, 360|iDev organizer.