Asylum Jam 2015 Is Happening Right Now

A quick note to let any budding horror game developers and/or fans know that the 2015 Asylum Jam is now live. The first Asylum Jam was back in 2013 and it’s become an annual fixture.

“Asylum Jam is a 48 hour long game jam where game developers are challenged to make a horror game and explore the genre without negative mental health or medical stereotypes.”

You can play last year’s selection of games right now, or submit your own creation. Or maybe you’re content to watch the activity feed and wait for new games to play.

The slick but unimaginative Outlast was the catalyst for an article I wrote about mental illness in horror way back when. I like to fight the good fight for my favourite genre.

Asylum Jam creator Lucy Morris is of similar mind. The jam is a celebration of the genre and its diversity as well as a way to raise awareness about mental health stigma and stereotypes.

If you want to enter, here’s how:

“This year, Asylum Jam will be taking place from November 6th to 9th for whatever 48 hour period that is most convenient for you in your timezone. The ticker here is set to 12AM GMT+13.

“You do not need to sign up to participate, but you must be a GameJolt member and submit your game with the jam’s tag to have it submitted to the jam. You must also be a GameJolt member to vote, so make sure you join up!”

Here’s hoping for some post-Witchmas treats.


  1. Doghaus says:

    Hadn’t heard of this, looks really great.

    Really good to read this on the website, time for horror to get a bit more relevant:

    “Many horror games use the negative portrayal of those who suffer from mental illness as extremely violent or sadistic, usually as the villain or antagonist, as an easy crutch to rest their story, characters and motivations on. Psychiatric hospitals, asylums and other similar medical institutions are too-common settings.”

  2. LogicalDash says:

    It just happens this year’s ProcJam is happening at the same time. Be afraid.

  3. Khaza says:

    Been covering some of the games from this years Jam and so far the quality has been awesome! You can check out the ones that I’ve played here link to