1. Hi there! What's your name? Want to introduce yourself?
Hey! I'm Jonathan, 22 years old from Israel. I dropped out of high school when I was about 15, ended up mostly self educating to get through my exams. Since I've played around with the idea of becoming a game developer, but there were no decent degrees / programs in my country yet- I decided to study on my own as soon as I finished my mandatory service!
I've been studying aspects of game development/design for about 3 months online, and I love it!
I'm honestly a bit timid about going in to the jam because I've wanted to work with other people for a while, but I'm not sure how much I'll be able to do.. Also I'm pretty late to the game so I hope I can even find a team to work with.
2. Did you participate in the last jam we held? If so, what do you plan on doing better this time? If not, what's your reason for joining?
Nope, I just found out that online game jams even existed last week! But I've been studying in a vacuum for a good while now without too many people to create / talk with about games that I've got to give it a try!
3. What games are your favorites? Did any of them inspire you, or made you want to make your own?
Growing up my childhood favorites were Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Megaman Legends 2.
My favorites now are probably (in no particular order): Portal, Bioshock, Mass Effect, The Stanley Parable and Ori & The Blind Forest.
4. Do you have experience with game development? What did you do/with what engine?
I've been studying Unity and C# and messing around in them for about 3 months. So I know my way around the basics. But I've never worked in a team before and don't have much experience with a real structured workflow. But I learn fast! :)
I also have a little experience coding in python (basic stuff, made a text adventure in IDLE from scratch once)
5. Tell us about something you're passionate about!
I really want to try and make different things. I love games like Portal and The Stanley Parable that take what you think a game is and go in an entirely new direction, and even games like the Ori Principle that just have a unique and mesmerising feel to them.
I also really love learning new things. I try to take everything I do and see how I can do it better.