Tag Archives: game jams

Make a Stigma-Free Horror Game This Weekend With Asylum Jam

Still feeling spooky even though Halloween’s come and gone? The fifth annual Asylum Jam takes place over this weekend, starting in a little under a day and continuing until November 5th. So if you have some free time and want to exercise — or start on — your game development skills, consider making a stigma-free […]

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Self-Care Jam 2 is Almost Here

✨ Announcing Self-Care Jam 2 ✨This year has been a lot, so come make something small, just for you~ October 28th through November 5th #selfcarejam https://t.co/gM2CceaF1y pic.twitter.com/34X32F5cCy — 😈 haylEVIL 👿 (@imjayhay) October 7, 2017 Last year’s Self-Care Jam brought us lots of small, delightful games — some about self care, some personally meaningful. Self-Care […]

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Asylum Jam’s 2017 Dates Have Been Announced

For its fifth year, Asylum Jam is back to encourage game creators to make horror games that fight mental health stigma or avoid contributing to it. Horror games and horror movies are notorious for casually using the most stigmatizing portrayals of mental health issues. They’re set in asylums where atrocities are committed, they make monsters […]

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Devs Discuss Stopping Crunch Before It Starts

For many developers, crunch is an entrenched habit. In studios, it can be mandated from above, but even small teams and solo developers work dangerously long hours far too often. When developers Catt Small, Lauren Scott, and Francesca Carletto-Leon got together for a recent Gamasutra roundtable talk, they tackled the subject of crunch. One of […]

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Utopia Jam Wants Us To Imagine a Better Future

Have a bit of free time coming up in February? Want to give yourself a project, and maybe help people escape from what can seem like an unending cavalcade of awful news? You should check out Utopia Jam. Utopian fiction imagines a better world — a future world where our hardships have been solved, and […]

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Play the Games of the Self-Care Jam

A couple weeks ago, we brought you news of the Self-Care Jam, a game jam described by its host, Jessica Hayley, as “no competition, no risk, and no pressure, just go make some positive things.” That sounded just great to us. Apparently it also did to a lot of others, because 37 entries were submitted […]

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The Self-Care Jam Couldn’t Have Arrived at a Better Time

This can be a difficult time of year, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere. Days are short, the weather is getting worse, holidays can be complicated, and, well, the political climate has room for improvement. Perfect timing, then, for launch of the Self-Care Jam. Things are a lot right now, so let's take care of ourselves! […]

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The Action For Trans Health Game Bundle Explores the Agony of Waiting

Waiting is a pretty popular game mechanic. Half the games on my phone are built on keeping me waiting until I get impatient enough to throw down a dollar or two to speed them up. But the games made for last month’s One Day Jam take waiting much further, exploring the challenge and frustration of […]

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Asylum Jam Has Begun, So Start Your Stigma-Free Horror Game

If you’ve been thinking about participating in Asylum Jam, the annual horror game jam that fights mental health stigma, it’s time to get started — the jam is now underway. This year’s optional theme is “Escape Room,” but that’s just a prompt. Asylum Jam’s one big rule is much more important: 1.) You should not […]

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This Tiny Game About Depression Gets Uncomfortably Real

Over the weekend, 65 games were created for a game jam with an unusual theme: make a game based on one of the tweets of game maker and critic Pippin Barr. Dante Douglas, editor and co-founder of Deorbital chose this tweet as the basis for his entry: ░ GAME IDEA░░░ JUMPING░░░ BUT IT'S ONLY░ JUMPING░ […]

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