What is a game jam?
A game jam is a hackathon for videogames. People get together to develop games in a short period of time (usually 24h to 72h).
You can find a calendar with many game jams here: https://itch.io/jams
What do you think about game jams?
I think game jams are great for motivating you to get something done in a short period of time. It is usually a safe place to try new game development approaches and experiment with areas you are not used to working. It is a good creativity exercise and they can be used to create valuable memories and to tighten bonds with teammates.
On the other hand, people that only work on game jam games will never experience larger projects pipelines. Continuing a project and managing larger and more complex structures require experience that game jams cannot provide. How will you ever have a polished product if you only make 48h games?
Ah, one more thing: I think that the “game jam culture” supports the notion that crunching is OK - which it is not. Let’s work together to change that toxic work culture as it is not acceptable anymore.
My Game Jam Entries:
Ludum Dare 44
Temple maker is a puzzle game built around its level editor!
The theme of the jam was Your life is currency.
Train Jam 2019
In preparation for GDC 2019.
Gertrude and Jerry both want to adopt a dog, and only one may win. Brawl each other to see who adopts the sweet cute doggos!
Global Game Jam 2019
Something Strange about Uncle Howard is a point and click horror game about a family who unwittingly opens their home to a strange figure, who claims to be your Uncle and feeds off your family's unresolved issues.
Extra Credits Holiday 2018 Game Jam
You are hero that will face the divine trials: a series of 1 vs 1 battles against the most formidable opponents of the Greek civilization. But for that, not only you need to be skillful in the arena, but also you need to please the gods by giving them gifts in exchange for power.
Ludum Dare 43 COMPO
When a mysterious murder happens in town, your job is to investigate its abnormal circumstances. This is a horror game experience where you will take the front seat of the uncanny. Take a deep breath and sign in for the tension!
Mark Brown’s 2018 GMTK Jam
In this top-down-shooter in which you don't shoot, you are Don Coelhoni, a high level mafia agent: Ruthless killer with sociopathic tendencies and... A cute, fluffy little bunny. Being the top-notch agent, your boss trusted you with a most dangerous mission: Infiltrating the enemy mafia's home base and destroying them from within.
The Very First Extra Credits Game Design Jam
An experimental interactive experience.
About... Sadness and Hope.
About... Emptiness and Pressure.
About... Fulfillment and Disappointment.
About... Contemplation and being Overwhelmed.
You are part of a colony of lost penguins that are wandering around an icy landscape. You are caught in the middle of a blizzard and you cannot see much far in front of them.
Ludum Dare #41
A “Hardcore FPS Clicker Game” full of kittens and sugary cereal!