What is a Developer Game Jam?


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We learn all the necessary details to get into the world of developer game jams, while Michael triggers all parents, Allen’s moment of silence is oddly loud, and Joe hones his inner Steve Jobs.

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Is Game Dev your Jam?

What are Game Jams?

  • A timed challenged to create and publish games.
  • Similar to a musical jam, people bring in their own perspectives and skills, and making new stuff for the world
  • Did you know there is an International Game Jam conference?
  • When’s the next game jam?

Popular Game Jams

  • Ludum Dare (ldjam.com)
    • An online event where games are made from scratch in a weekend. Check it out every April and October!
  • Global Game Jam (https://globalgamejam.org)
    • Empowers individuals worldwide to learn, experiment, and create together through the medium of games.
    • January 2020, they had 934 locations in 118 countries create 9,601 games in one weekend!
    • GGJ 2021 is scheduled for January 29-31, 2021.
  • 7DRL (7drl.com)
    • The 7DRL Challenges are NOT about being a fast coder, but rather proving you can release a finished, playable roguelike to the world.
  • itch.io (itch.io)
    • itch.io is a simple way to find and share indie games online for free.
    • GMTK is 48hours, with 18k entrants.
    • Anyone can instantly create and host a jam.
    • 109,365 games have been created for jams hosted on itch.io.

Why Should You do a Game Jam?

  • Meet new people, see how they solved similar problems.
  • Learn something new.
  • Maybe you’ll love it?
  • Great for your GitHub, blog, Twitch, etc. content.
  • Maybe make millions of $$$.
    • Step 1. enter game jam,
    • Step 2. … something about making a game …, and
    • Step 3. profit!

How can you Game Jam?

Popular Tools

  • Unity
  • Unreal
  • Godot
  • Game Maker
  • RPG Maker
  • App Game Kit

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