Join Grand Circus Detroit and Offworld Arcade in our very first official PICO-8 GAME JAM!

What's this PICO-8 thing?

Well pal, PICO-8 is a fun, interactive and easy-to-learn retro "fantasy console" where you can create your own games. We'll be buildling these after an evening of workshops and a full-day Game Jam.

What's a Game Jam anyway?

An opportunity to meet and collaborate with incredible people who share your interest in games.

When is this thing proceeding downward?

Friday, March 10 - 6pm-9pm
Event kick off and workshops
How to program, create graphics and crafts sounds and music in PICO-8

Saturday, March 11, 9am-9pm
Game Jam
Team collaboration to create our very own future retro video games!

What's this dream weekend going to set me back?

  • $35 registration includes:
  • A chance to win prizes
  • Dinner on Friday
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday
  • A PICO-8 license
  • Tutorials and assistance

What do I need to bring with me?

Your bad self, and your own laptop to work on
PICO-8 will run on pretty much any (Windows/Mac/Linux) machine. When you're done you can save your game as a web page so friends, enemies and random strangers can play it.

This event is your bag, baby if:

  • You want to aid in the creation of an original video game for a wonderful cause
  • You want to learn and collaborate
  • You want to meet like-minded people
  • You're into building things

But wait, there's more!

To top it all off, the games we make from the Jam will be shown off and compete for prizes at an upcomming Offworld Arcade Evening of Electronic Amusements!

This event is a benefit for DAPCEP, the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program, which has been offering science, technology, engineering, math, and medical educational programs to underrepresented youth for over 40 years.

A portion of each registration goes to support DAPCEP programs.


Offworld is a classic arcade in Detroit, MI that moonlights as a gallery and a community workspace for people who love electronic gaming. Our interim location is 2701 Bagley - Detroit, MI. This space serves as our official staging area and workshop for the games. We host a monthly evening of classic gaming at the super awesome Checker Bar in Cadillac Square.

Offworld promotes friendly competition and rewards high-score holders.


Jim R. (JMR) / Q*Bert


Jason L. / Tron


Chris C. / Galaga


Stefan White / Ms. Pac Man


Jeff Demske / Burgertime


Trevor Walters / Bust-A-Move


Donald Hart / C64anabalt


Offworld is an arcade, not a museum. Our games are a little rough around the edges. We want people to play them, yell at them and use the kickplates once in a while.

Special Thanks

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