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Global Game Jam 2018 @ Various
Jan 26 – Jan 28 all-day

The Global Game Jam ® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event taking place in physical locations across the globe. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. The first Global Game Jam® was held in January, 2009 with 1600 people jamming in 23 countries. By 2017, the event grew to over 700 sites in 95 countries with over 35,000 jammers!

GGJ’s mission is to stimulate innovation, experimentation, and collaboration in games. The annual event normally begins on a Friday afternoon in January and kicks off with video keynotes and advice from leaders in the game development industry. The jam formally begins after an announcement of the year’s theme, kept secret until the last second. All sites worldwide are challenged to make games based upon said theme within 48 hours. The GGJ encourages collaboration and is not a competition. Anyone can apply to host a jam site as long as they have a dedicated jam organizer and a venue with internet access.

The jam, which is fully run by volunteers, is known for fostering friendships while increasing confidence and opportunities within participating communities. Each GGJ event poses an intellectual challenge where people are invited to try new technology and tools while exploring new development roles and skills.

Check out a list of Jam Site here.

Rockage 7.0 @ AFKgg Gamer Lounge
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm

ROCKAGE 7.0 is a FREE 3-day celebration of indie music and retro gaming in Downtown San Jose at AFKgg Gamer Lounge (163 W. Santa Clara Street) presented by South Bay Button Mashers.

2/9 Button Mash Bingo night, Rock Band
2/10 Indie game showcase, live music 6PM
2/11 Swap Meet, Smash Tourneys, pizza buffet

ROCKAGE 7.0 features live music from many independent bands, an indie video game developer showcase, video game swap meet, retro game bingo night, community run game tournaments, free play retro game area, free play Rock Band, Sunday night pizza buffet, prize raffles, delicious food, refreshing drinks and PC LAN Center thanks to our host venue AFKgg Gamer Lounge: http://AFKgg.com/

Folks of all ages are welcome to attend, no jerks please. Refer to the code of conduct for specifics: http://tinyurl.com/j9cjft6 AFKgg Gamer Lounge is a family friendly establishment.

Gamer’s Rhapsody Presents: VGM CON @ Sheraton West Minneapolis
Mar 2 – Mar 4 all-day


VGM CON (Video Game Music) is a video game convention in Minneapolis that celebrates all video games and their art, music, development, and narrative through experiences you can’t find at home.

Gamer’s Rhapsody is the presenting organization that puts hosts VGM CON. This organization is volunteer run by the planning committee.

Destructoid, THE CONCERT?!! @ EGLX Toronto
Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 11 @ 3:00 am

Kind of a big deal: We’re hosting the FIRST EVER Destructoid Battle of the Bands.

We’ve always wanted to do a concert, and this year celebrating our first time at EGLX and also 12 years of Destructoid!! It’s a free afterparty for EGLX ticket holders. Please arrive early as space is limited to a couple of hundred people (and we’re expecting 12,000+ people at the expo). Important: you gotta be over 19+ and over. Here’s what you need to know:

Price: Free with your EGLX pass or $10 at the door

When: March 10th, Saturday

Who: Destructoid.com presents EGLX’s Official After Party, featuring: You Bred Raptors? Arm Cannon Knights of the Round followed by a brief break… and taking you into the early hours of the morning we have two DJ performances: Danimal Cannon with an electrifying live set and finishing off with our headline DJ all the way from San Francisco, GRIMECRAFT.

Where: The Sheraton Hotel @ Ambrosia Ballroom

When: 8pm – 3am

Game Developers Conference 2018 – Audio @ Moscone Center
Mar 19 – Mar 23 all-day

Join the game industry’s top audio professionals to share knowledge and experience from the real-world addressing audio’s unique aesthetic, technical, business, and logistical problems. To choose from all Audio sessions in GDC Summits, VRDC@GDC and other GDC Conference Tracks, register for an All Access pass, which also allows you to view sessions online in the GDC Vault through March 2019.

Audio Track Conference Highlights (W-F)

  • ‘Destiny 2’: Linear Music in an Open World
  • Reinventing the Sound for ‘Call of Duty: WWII’
  • A Matter of Music Design: Driving Gameplay with Music
  • How Sound Tells the Story of ‘Night in the Woods’
  • Composing an Interactive Musical: Lessons Learned from Creating ‘Figment’
  • Audio Bootcamp XVII
Helsinki Game Music Festival @ Helsinki Hall of Culture
May 5 all-day

The idea for a game music festival was born already in 2012, when Finland didn’t yet have video game concerts or artist that perform music from games. But in the last few years thing have changed completely and the VGM concert scene has landed in Finland as well. So the time is now ripe, and thus Helsinki Game Music Festival was born.

The festival will be held at the Helsinki Hall of Culture on May 5th, 2018. Perfoming live will be five artists (both local and from overseas) known for their game music covers.

Tickets are on sale for either the entire festival or only one half. Whole day tickets cost 39-69€ depending on your seat. Half day tickets are 25-40€.

Animex Live Presents Austin Wintory @ Middlesbrough Town Hall
May 14 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A live orchestral performance of video game scores from composer Austin Wintory and friends.

Austin Wintory will take us on a musical journey through his most memorable and moving video game scores.

This includes his Grammy nominated score for Journey, ragtime heists from Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine, bombastic and melancholic music from The Banner Saga trilogy, murder ballads from Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and lots more including some surprises from friends.

“Seriously, Animex is my favourite festival of its kind in the world! … I’m better at what I do simply for being around these people”

– Austin Wintory

The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra will return to perform at the newly renovated Middlesbrough Town Hall making it a night to remember.

PlayStation® in Concert @ Royal Albert Hall
May 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Don’t miss this LIVE WORLD PREMIERE event, as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs the sensational soundtracks of PlayStation games, within the iconic surroundings of London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Featuring favourite themes from chart-topping games, including: Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, Uncharted, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, LittleBigPlanet and Horizon Zero Dawn, this exhilarating live show – with a full symphony orchestra, guest presenter and spectacular light display – takes you on a musical journey from vast deserts and overgrown ruins, to ancient artefacts and futuristic landscapes, celebrating some of the most memorable gaming music from the past 20 years.