What is a gamejam?
A game jam is an event during which all participants create games according to a provided theme within a short amount of time (usually between two days to a week). Check out the rules page for details on the procedure.
Who can participate?
Everyone. It is as simple as that.
You probably want a reddit account, since we were founded on reddit and reddit is really awesome. You do not need any skills, you will gain them here. We won't exclude anyone for their inexperience.
What type of games are created?
Difficult to say. We want to achieve a wide range of different game types. Games are also rated for their innovative factor, and some games submitted have unique gameplay mechanisms. Of course there are always some games of the main video game genres, but that depends on the theme and the creativity of the author.
Have the courage to try something completely new. It's worth it!
How do I make a game?
Never did it before? No problem! The game jams are a learning effort, so newbies are also welcome. But to make sure you will have something playable within this short amount of time you should prepare for the event. Tips for greenhorns:
- First learn programming, then game development. Many people think this is the same, but actually there is a huge difference. It's good to know how to program, but making a game is much more. You also need art, maths, a story, a lot of creativity and a good time management.
- Find an easy programming language, framework or engine. You probably do not want to start of coding C on OpenGL level. Find something that suits you. You are even allowed to use game creation software where you only have to drag 'n' drop your components together.
- Team up! While working with other people who are more experienced than you you learn a lot faster than alone. Wait for a team jam and find people to work with. There are lots of skilled game developers here, just ask.
- Join as an artist. Every game needs some art, and every programmer loves artists. You will contribute an important part to a game project, even if you don't write a single line of code.
Where can I find resources?
We compiled this nice list for you. But always make sure to check the licence!
I need an artist / programmer
You can find other participants on IRC, on this website or on reddit. Feel free to ask anywhere. You can also try out our new TEAM FINDER.
I need help with packaging!
Why don't you announce on XYZ?
Because we didn't know about it. Why don't you just go ahead and post a link to the announcement or this website over at your favorite gamedev community or platform, so as many people as possible can join us?