We Spent 54 Hours On A Train Full Of Video Game Programmers (HBO)

Do you like videogames? Do you like trains? How about both?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the above (and you know how to program), then Train Jam just might be for you.

The idea is simple: get on a train in Chicago, and in the 54 hours it takes you to get to San Francisco, program a video game from start to finish.

There’s not a lot of privacy on the train, nor is there a lot of showering. But for an up-and-coming game developer, there’s a ton of opportunity to work with seasoned veterans on anything from a balloon deathmatch simulator to a Pac-Man clone made with actual door springs.

Five years ago, there were only a few dozen takers. But this year, they’ve taken over the whole train, and even had to add a few extra cars to accommodate everyone.

VICE News hopped on an Amtrak to find out why people from 30 countries decided to cram together for America’s nerdiest train ride.

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Gamers On A Train & Russia’s Shadow War: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

This is the March 27, 2018 FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

3:45 In the wake of Larry Nassar’s conviction for repeated sexual abuse, several gymnasts have come forward to describe their experiences training at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas. VICE News spoke to Mattie Larson, a one-time Olympic hopeful who quit to escape the USAG system.

12:30 A glimpse into Russia’s shadowy ground war in Syria has emerged after as many as 300 private military contractors were reported killed or wounded in a U.S. airstrike last month. Wives and widows of the victims have received little in the way of official confirmation. That’s being most keenly found in towns like Abest, in central Russia, where many of the military contractors departed from, and didn’t return.

17:17 Train Jam is a collection of 350 designers, artists, musicians, and coders traveling via Amtrak to the Game Developers Conference and creating games. They have only 52 hours to make a video game from scratch. Vice News joins them on one leg of their journey to watch as they make games.

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