Landon Grant’s quest to create games leads to Humber

by | Jan 29, 2019 | Biz/Tech, North

Paige McGowan, Sports Reporter

Humber College student Landon Grant has been waiting his whole life for this — bringing people together to create video games at a jam.

The second-year gaming programming student has been developing games for about six years but he relished his role in organizing the Global Game Jam where others created games.

The college hosted the Jan. 25 to 27 event where more than 100 programmers worked their technological magic to develop games at North campus.

Landon Grant, left, and Sam Wilkins working and strategizing on how they are going to finish creating their game in 48 hours. (Paige McGowan)

Students chose to either work in groups or individually to create a game within 48 hours.

“Doing game jams is the best way to learn, especially for what we’re studying,” Grant said, who also participated the event.

The theme of this year’s event was “What does home mean to you?”

Grant said he and a friend came up with the theme that involves two slime characters who work together to collect items in order to build a home for themselves.

Some students chose to stay at the game site for the full 48 hours and brought a sleeping bag with them.

Many spoke about not sleeping enough through the weekend since the event started on Friday.

“Everything we do is up to the individual,” Grant said. “Some people show up with a team and they pre-determine who’s going to be doing what in the group.”

“We’re all programmers so we mostly do that, but we need art, so sometimes we’ll either buy it or fill the gaps ourselves,” he said. “We do the same thing for audio, we might have to record sounds or find sounds we can use but ultimately everyone’s goal is to make a game in 48 hours.”

Much of Grant’s inspiration for developing games came from those he played when he was a kid.

“I played a lot of action and fighting games, some role playing games,” he said. “I’m really not picky when it comes to games so I can see inspiration in a lot of different games.

Kyle Belder (left), Ryan Childs (not seen) and Tanner Fisken working hard as a group of three to complete their game in time. (Paige McGowan)

“I like to have a theme rather than how it will be played because I can come up with how it will be played myself so inspiration for me comes from a theme,” Grant said.

He has one year left in his program at Humber and said he wants to continue making games by either starting his own or join one.

“I run a club on campus with my friend Sam, and it’s basically a game jam club,” Grant said.