The theme for the 2011 global game jam is “Extinction”.

Kicking off the game jam, we were treated to a recorded key note from Keita Takahashi, a Japanese game director known for Katamari. His keynote was… inspirational? It was odd and entertaining. It made me smile.

With the theme “Extinction”, many of the Albany IGDA teams had ideas revolving around human annihilation, hunting endangered species and evolving to avoid extinction. One thing I admire about the global game jam is their intent of grouping people who do not normally work together (even though most people come in pre-formed groups).