Ponycorns and Imaginative PlayJune 6, 2013 by Jonathan Levstein
We love games. Board games, video games, playground, mind, etc. All of them! But we also love making games too! Which is why we love events like TOJam. No, not like the stuff in your feet, but the TOronto (Game) Jam.
C&I Co-founder Jonathan (left) with friends/teammates: Royel (center) and Yifat (right) at TOJam 8
If you’re not familiar with it, TOJam is a 3 day long game jam (Friday to Sunday night) where developers, designers, graphic artists, sound designers/composers (really, anyone who wants to make games) come together and make games. There’s usually a theme given out a few days prior and then it’s up to the teams to decide if they want to use it or not. TOJam is a great learning experience (and excuse) for trying out new technologies, methodologies and to finally get that idea you’ve been sitting on started!
The environment at TOJam is warm, and productive. Everyone is there to improve and to make great games together. People of all ages and experiences can participate. Even a professional game developer and his 5 year old daughter.
One of the coolest things to happen at TOJam within the past few years is a small game made by Ryan Creighton of Untold Entertainment and his (at the time) 5 year old daughter Cassie. Over the course of the weekend they would produce Ponycorns, a charming adventure game about Sissy and the magical ponycorns. Cassie did all of the art, story and some of the voice work while Ryan worked on developing the game. We recommend that you read the story, it will definitely put a smile on your face.
It’s that sort of parent/child relationship that we love and would love to encourage! Creating awesome games with kids is a fantastic thing. If you are a parent who currently plays games with your kid(s) and has/wants to make games with them, then please contact us! We would love to hear about your experiences.
If you liked Ponycorns, please consider donating a few dollars to help with Cassie’s college fund.
Photo of Ryan and Cassie taken by Paul Hillier