The Global Game Jam international game development competition kicks off Friday at Mt. Sierra College where contestants will spend 48 straight hours creating a video game from scratch.
Students are inspired by a "secret theme" revealed Friday and then set off to create their own games based on that theme, according to the school.
"The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in video games ... while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression," the school's website states.
The public can watch the process unfold on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.